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Working As A Pharmacist Technician Trainee

  • 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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist Technician Trainee 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 Trainee

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 Trainee Career Paths

Pharmacist Technician Trainee
Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Technician Team Leader
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Pharmacist Manager
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Specialist Account Executive
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teller Accounts Payable Clerk Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Teller Bookkeeper Accountant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teller Accountant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Shift Leader
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Executive Assistant Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Executive Assistant Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Adjunct Instructor Author
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technician 2.7 years
Pharmacist Clerk 2.2 years
Pharmacist Aide 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Pharmacist Technician Trainee
Cashier 23.2%
Internship 4.0%
Volunteer 3.4%
Server 3.1%
Hostess 2.6%
Waitress 2.3%
Manager 1.7%
Top Careers After Pharmacist Technician Trainee
Cashier 11.6%
Pharmacist 3.3%
Server 3.0%
Internship 2.0%
Volunteer 1.9%
Technician 1.4%

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Technician Trainee

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Filling Prescriptions
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted pharmacy staff with clerical duties and providing support with inventory, customer service, cleanliness and organization of the pharmacy.
  • Trained with pharmacists in filling prescriptions and taking customer phone calls regarding prescription coverage and medication/patient information.
  • Work under the supervision of a pharmacist to deliver quality patient care and excellent customer service.
  • Entered prescriptions into computer database, filled medications, customer service, operated register, verified customer information with insurance companies
  • Front store cashier and pharmacy tech trainee

Pharmacist Technician Trainee Demographics

Gender

Female

69.7%

Male

20.3%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

54.3%

Hispanic or Latino

22.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

French

8.3%

Arabic

5.9%

Hindi

5.3%

Vietnamese

4.1%

Malayalam

3.6%

Mandarin

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Gujarati

1.8%

Chinese

1.2%

German

1.2%

Ilocano

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Sindhi

0.6%

Bulgarian

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Russian

0.6%
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Pharmacist Technician Trainee Education

Schools

Houston Community College

11.6%

Remington College

9.0%

University of Houston

7.6%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Pima Community College

7.3%

Arizona State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

Texas Tech University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Texas Southern University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.7%

Glendale Community College

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Austin Community College

3.4%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.1%

The Academy

2.8%

Northern Arizona University

2.8%

Grand Canyon University

2.8%
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Majors

Pharmacy

37.4%

Nursing

7.6%

Business

7.4%

Biology

6.1%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.7%

Psychology

4.9%

General Studies

4.5%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.5%

Education

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Chemistry

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.3%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Dental Assisting

0.9%

Kinesiology

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

37.3%

Bachelors

24.3%

Associate

14.3%

Certificate

11.0%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

4.2%

Doctorate

1.9%

License

1.4%
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