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Working As A Pharmacist Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Processing Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist 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 Pharmacist 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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Pharmacist Technician Career Paths

Pharmacist Technician
Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Store Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Executive Assistant Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Executive Assistant Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist Pharmacist Manager
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Pharmacist In Charge Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Accounts Receivable Specialist Accounts Receivable Supervisor
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Pharmacist Clerk 2.2 years
Pharmacist Aide 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Pharmacist Technician
Cashier 20.2%
Internship 5.2%
Server 3.6%
Volunteer 3.2%
Manager 2.3%
Waitress 2.3%
Pharmacist 1.9%
Top Careers After Pharmacist Technician
Cashier 9.7%
Pharmacist 5.7%
Internship 3.6%
Server 3.3%
Technician 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$37,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Health First
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Pharmacist Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pharmacist Technician in the United States is $38,003 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $44,000.

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Real Pharmacist Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacy Technicians Franrem Pharmaceuticals, LLC Jun 27, 2014 $46,958 -
$73,045
Pharmacy Technician Chinraj, LLC Oct 01, 2010 $40,000
Pharmacy Technician Manager Bayside Ems Pharmacy Corp Sep 20, 2013 $39,653
Pharmacy Technician Golden Living Inc. Apr 04, 2011 $38,735
Pharmacy Technicians H&J Pharmaceuticals Inc. Aug 28, 2009 $36,523
Pharmacy Technicians H&J Pharmaceuticals Inc./San Pedro Pharmacy Aug 28, 2009 $36,523
Pharmacy Technicians San Pedro Pharmacy Aug 28, 2009 $36,523
Pharmacy Coordinator/Technician Klein Pharmacy, Inc. Mar 18, 2010 $36,168
Pharmacy Coordinator/Technician Klein Pharmacy, Inc. Mar 18, 2013 $36,168
Pharmacy Technicians House of Arnold Inc. Sep 17, 2014 $35,672
Pharmacy Technician Kanhi Systems LLC Sep 01, 2014 $35,479 -
$48,001
Pharmacy Technicians Inwood Pharmacy and Surgical Supply Inc. Sep 30, 2008 $35,360
Pharmacy Technicians ASF Pharmacy, Inc. Mar 07, 2014 $33,821 -
$35,000
Pharmacy Technicians ASF Pharmacy, Inc. Mar 20, 2014 $33,821
Pharmacy Technician ASF Pharmacy, Inc. Feb 28, 2014 $33,821
Pharmacy Technician Mott Haven Pharmacy and Surgical, Inc. Jun 01, 2011 $33,392
Pharmacy Technician M4G LLC Sep 02, 2014 $32,469
Pharmacy Technician M4G LLC Sep 04, 2014 $32,469
Pharmacy Technicians Goodcare Pharmacy, Inc. Jan 22, 2014 $30,576
Pharmacy Technician Vital Health Tech Dec 17, 2009 $30,303
Pharmacy Technician MGFN, P.C. D/B/A The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy May 22, 2008 $30,262
Pharmacy Technician New Hollis Inc. Oct 01, 2011 $30,000
Pharmacy Technician New York College of Health Professions Oct 01, 2009 $30,000
Pharmacy Technician H & J Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Feb 02, 2012 $30,000
Pharmacy Technicians Phamco Inc. DBA Colonial Drugs and Surgicals May 21, 2010 $29,844

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Technician

  1. Assist Pharmacist
  2. Customer Service
  3. Filling Prescriptions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Position responsibilities included: Processed and counted medications to assist Pharmacist in filling prescriptions.
  • Provided dedicated support to in-store pharmacists, performing administrative functions, dispensing medication, and providing exceptional customer service.
  • Supported retail pharmacist in filling prescriptions by preparing pharmaceuticals for dispensing to patients after review and calculations and determining required dosage.
  • Preformed initial billing to the insurance companies, obtained any additional insurance information needed by billing department for accuracy.
  • Employed as a Pharmacy Technician in the warehouse/assembly line fill team for Postal Prescription Services/Fred Meyer Pharmacy Central Fill/Kroger Corporation.

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Top 10 Best States for Pharmacist Technicians

  1. Maine
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Indiana
  4. West Virginia
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Alaska
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Ohio
  9. Connecticut
  10. Louisiana
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Pharmacist Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

71.3%

Male

24.5%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

French

6.5%

Arabic

4.9%

Hindi

4.8%

Vietnamese

3.5%

Russian

2.8%

Urdu

2.4%

Chinese

2.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Mandarin

2.0%

Korean

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Cantonese

1.7%

German

1.6%

Italian

1.4%

Tagalog

1.3%

Japanese

1.0%

Hmong

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Bengali

0.6%
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Pharmacist Technician Education

Schools

Remington College

12.2%

Everest Institute

10.5%

All American Career College

7.0%

Temple University

5.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.9%

University of South Florida

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Baker College

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.7%

Miami Dade College

3.6%

Ashford University

3.5%

University of the Sciences

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

LIU Brooklyn

3.3%

Houston Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Pharmacy

38.2%

Business

8.3%

Biology

7.7%

Nursing

7.6%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Psychology

4.4%

General Studies

3.4%

Chemistry

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.2%

Education

1.1%

Nursing Assistants

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Communication

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.1%

Associate

20.7%

High School Diploma

20.3%

Certificate

11.2%

Diploma

8.8%

Masters

3.5%

Doctorate

2.4%

License

2.0%
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