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Working As A Senior Pharmacist 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

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Senior Pharmacist Technician
Pharmacist 6.4%
Cashier 6.1%
Internship 2.8%
Technician 1.8%
Manager 1.6%
Volunteer 1.3%
Top Careers After Senior Pharmacist Technician
Pharmacist 9.3%
Technician 2.6%
Cashier 2.5%
Internship 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Magellan Health
Highest Paying City
Bend, OR
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a Senior Pharmacist Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Pharmacist Technician in the United States is $47,458 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $96,000.

Real Senior Pharmacist Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR Pharmacist The Medicine Shoppe Lamont, CA Apr 11, 2016 $125,923
Senior Pharmacist Truecare Pharmacy Dover, TN Jun 27, 2016 $120,500
Pharmacist, SR. Saratoga RX LLC Rochester, NY Feb 06, 2016 $120,182
Pharmacist SR. Manchester RX LLC Manchester, CT Apr 18, 2016 $119,392
Pharmacist SR. Jefferson Pharma LLC New York, NY Apr 29, 2016 $117,042
Senior Pharmacist Dixie Pharmacy-2, LLC Elizabethtown, KY Jan 09, 2016 $116,872
SR. Pharmacist Slavins-Hancock Pharmacy, Inc. Stamford, CT Oct 17, 2016 $115,336
Pharmacist, SR. SBV Pharmacy Corp New York, NY Feb 03, 2015 $114,566
Senior Pharmacist Raj SHIL LLC DBA Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy NJ Jan 16, 2015 $112,091
Senior Pharmacist Rajshill LLC DBA:Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy NJ Jun 29, 2015 $112,000
Senior Pharmacist Lafayette Pharmacy LLC Detroit, MI Jun 13, 2016 $111,500
SR. Pharmacist Somani Corporation Arvin, CA Apr 13, 2015 $110,968
SR. Pharmacist Kern Infusion Services Inc. Bakersfield, CA May 20, 2013 $110,000
Pharmacist, Senior Rohan Savings LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 09, 2016 $110,000
Pharmacist, SR. Live & Let Live Pharma LLC Miami, FL May 18, 2016 $107,682
Pharmacist SR. Suburban Pharma Inc. West Hartford, CT Sep 26, 2015 $106,974
Senior Pharmacist Etown Pharmacy LLC Elizabethtown, KY Aug 05, 2015 $106,437
Pharmacist, SR. Saratoga RX LLC Rochester, NY Nov 20, 2015 $106,392
Pharmacist, SR Saratoga RX LLC Rochester, NY Sep 08, 2014 $106,392
Pharmacist, SR Live & Let Live Pharma LLC Miami, FL Mar 02, 2015 $104,874
Senior Pharmcist Oz Pharma Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2015 $104,520
Pharmacist, SR Jefferson Pharma LLC New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $104,520
Pharmacist, SR. Shrineeta Pharmacy Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2015 $104,520
Pharmacist Senior 912 West Bay LLC Barnegat, NJ Sep 01, 2012 $103,251
Senior Research Pharmacist Merck & Co., Inc. Summit, NJ Feb 01, 2011 $103,085
Pharmacist SR. Shrineeta Pharmacy Inc., DBA-Amsterdam Pharmacy New York, NY Jan 06, 2015 $102,773
Pharmacist, SR. Shrineeta Pharmacy Inc. New York, NY Sep 26, 2013 $102,773

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Top Skills for A Senior Pharmacist Technician

  1. Pharmacy Inventory
  2. Customer Service
  3. Insurance Companies
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  • Managed pharmacy inventory Responsible for purchases and reducing profit loss Promoted and sold corporate implemented programs Coordinated new pharmacy store installations.
  • Develop and ensure customer service policy with internal and external customers.
  • Communicated with insurance companies to secure authorizations and resolve any issues for all client medications.
  • Preformed information consultation duties including supporting new and refill prescriptions, refilling prescriptions, and entering orders into databases.
  • Analyze system authorization to ensure accurate data entry.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Pharmacist Technicians

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  3. Rhode Island
  4. Wyoming
  5. Washington
  6. Montana
  7. Nevada
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Senior Pharmacist Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

63.6%

Male

25.9%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.5%

Vietnamese

5.4%

Mandarin

3.8%

Tagalog

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Hindi

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

French

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Korean

1.5%

Malayalam

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Romanian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Wolof

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%
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Senior Pharmacist Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Florida Atlantic University

5.7%

University of Florida

5.7%

Columbus State Community College

5.3%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

4.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

Saint John's University - New York

4.3%

All American Career College

4.3%

Remington College

4.3%

Ohio State University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.2%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.2%

Palm Beach State College

3.2%

College of Southern Nevada

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%
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Majors

Pharmacy

40.0%

Business

12.5%

Biology

7.5%

Nursing

5.6%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Accounting

3.4%

General Studies

3.2%

Psychology

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Chemistry

2.2%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Communication

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Public Health

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Health Sciences And Services

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.9%

Other

26.5%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

8.7%

Certificate

6.6%

Doctorate

5.2%

Diploma

4.2%

License

1.5%
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