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Working As A Packaging Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $98,638

    Average Salary

What Does A Packaging Technician Do

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.

Duties

Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
  • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
  • Answer phone calls from customers
  • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

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How To Become A Packaging Technician

Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically learn through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.

Education and Training

Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through on-the-job training. These programs vary in length and subject matter according to the employer’s requirements.

Other pharmacy technicians enter the occupation after completing postsecondary education programs in pharmacy technology. These programs are usually offered by vocational schools or community colleges. Most programs award a certificate after 1 year or less, although some programs last longer and lead to an associate’s degree. They cover a variety of subjects, such as arithmetic used in pharmacies, recordkeeping, ways of dispensing medications, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also learn the names, uses, and doses of medications. Most programs also include clinical experience opportunities, in which students gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredits pharmacy technician programs that include at least 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks. In 2015, there were 286 fully accredited programs, including a few in retail drugstore chains.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states regulate pharmacy technicians in some way. Consult state Boards of Pharmacy for particular regulations. Requirements for pharmacy technicians in the states that regulate them typically include some or all of the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Formal education or training program
  • Exam
  • Fees
  • Continuing education
  • Criminal background check

Some states and employers require pharmacy technicians to be certified. Even where it is not required, certification may make it easier to get a job. Many employers will pay for their pharmacy technicians to take the certification exam.

Two organizations offer certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification requires a high school diploma and the passing of an exam. Applicants for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and have completed a training program or have 1 year of work experience. Technicians must recertify every 2 years by completing 20 hours of continuing education courses.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Pharmacy technicians spend much of their time interacting with customers, so being helpful and polite is required of pharmacy technicians in a retail setting.

Detail oriented. Serious health problems can result from mistakes in filling prescriptions. Although the pharmacist is responsible for ensuring the safety of all medications dispensed, pharmacy technicians should pay attention to detail so that complications are avoided.

Listening skills. Pharmacy technicians must communicate clearly with pharmacists and doctors when taking prescription orders. When speaking with customers, technicians must listen carefully to understand customers’ needs and determine if they need to speak with a pharmacist.

Math skills. Pharmacy technicians need to have an understanding of the math concepts used in pharmacies when counting pills and compounding medications.

Organizational skills. Working as a pharmacy technician involves balancing a variety of responsibilities. Pharmacy technicians need good organizational skills to complete the work delegated by pharmacists while at the same time providing service to customers or patients.

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Packaging Technician Career Paths

Packaging Technician
Material Handler Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Service Manager Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Program Manager Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Specialist Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Home Care Nurse Pharmacist Technician
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Packaging Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Packaging Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Process Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Production Supervisor General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Maintenance Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Packaging Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

59.4%

Female

37.7%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

French

8.9%

Chinese

3.6%

Gujarati

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

German

1.8%

Wolof

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Packaging Technician Education

Schools

Baton Rouge Community College

14.4%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Michigan State University

6.8%

Northampton County Area Community College

6.1%

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

6.1%

ITI Technical College

6.1%

Chattanooga State Community College

4.5%

A-Technical College

4.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Wilson Technical Community College

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

East Carolina University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.8%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

3.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.0%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

23.7%

Pharmacy

6.3%

General Studies

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Medical Assisting Services

5.5%

Biology

5.3%

Computer Science

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Management

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Accounting

3.8%

Communication

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Nursing

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Chemistry

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

35.1%

Bachelors

29.4%

Associate

18.7%

Certificate

8.0%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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  • Maintain a clean work area and keep waste to a minimum while ensuring products meet quality specifications and food safety standards.
  • Prepared completed clinical batch record documentation required for QA review and release of packaged and labeled clinical trial materials.
  • Inspected work performance to ensure conformance to specifications and quality standards.
  • Provide technical support to the department to ensure quality and production standards are met while maintaining a safe work environment.

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