FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Pharmaceutical Technician

This job has expired and is no longer available.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Pharmaceutical Technician

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Pharmaceutical 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmaceutical 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Pharmaceutical 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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Pharmaceutical Technician?

Send To A Friend

Pharmaceutical Technician Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Pharmaceutical Technician Career Paths

Pharmaceutical Technician
Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Coordinator Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Assistant Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Project Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Analyst Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Quality Assurance Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Quality Assurance Specialist Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Pharmacist Manager
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Pharmaceutical Technician?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Pharmaceutical Technician
Cashier 12.0%
Internship 7.4%
Volunteer 5.5%
Server 4.3%
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 3.3%
Technician 2.9%
Operator 2.7%
Top Careers After Pharmaceutical Technician
Cashier 7.3%
Internship 5.4%
Technician 5.4%
Manager 4.7%
Volunteer 4.7%
Supervisor 4.1%
Server 3.7%

Do you work as a Pharmaceutical Technician?

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Pharmaceutical Technician?

Have you worked as a Pharmaceutical Technician? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Pharmaceutical Technician.

Top Skills for A Pharmaceutical Technician

  1. Filling Prescriptions
  2. Pharmacy Inventory
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Combined task of working in customer service and filling prescriptions -Computer processing primarily involving input of customer information into system
  • Maintained pharmacy inventory by anticipating needed medication and supplies, and removing outdated drugs.
  • Provided excellent customer service by assisting our patients in answering questions concerning alternative drugs and making suggestions for over-the-counter drugs.
  • Managed insurance claims and handled issues pertaining to insurance companies to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Revised and simplified Standard Operating Procedures and batch records utilizing Lean methodology.

Pharmaceutical Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

46.4%

Male

43.3%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.9%

Russian

5.6%

French

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

German

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Hindi

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Akan

1.4%

Irish

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Romanian

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%
Show More

Pharmaceutical Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Cuyahoga Community College

12.8%

Temple University

5.5%

Solano Community College

5.5%

The Academy

4.9%

University of Akron

4.9%

Kent State University

4.9%

East Carolina University

4.3%

Cleveland State University

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.7%

George Mason University

3.7%

University of Delaware

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

Kean University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

University of Iowa

3.0%

University of Florida

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.0%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2.4%
Show More
Majors

Business

20.0%

Pharmacy

12.1%

Biology

9.7%

Nursing

6.9%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Chemistry

5.3%

Psychology

5.3%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

General Studies

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Accounting

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

English

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Other

29.3%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

8.6%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.7%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate Working As a Pharmaceutical Technician?

Are you working as a Pharmaceutical Technician? Help us rate Pharmaceutical Technician as a Career.

Top Pharmaceutical Technician Employers

Jobs From Top Pharmaceutical Technician Employers

Pharmaceutical Technician Videos

Pharmacy Technician Wages

Pharmacy Tech Salary | How Much Money Does a Pharmacy Tech Make?

Pharmacy Technicians Job Description

Related To Your Recently Viewed Content