What are the responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician?
A Pharmacy Technician is the first person to greet a patient when they approach the pharmacy. It is important to be friendly, attentive, and detail oriented.
The job duties of certified pharmacy tech usually include the following:
Preparation of medications for patients
Receiving and verifying the prescriptions
Pricing and filling of prescriptions
Obtaining pharmacist’s approval
Completing patient paperwork related to the filling of prescription
Assisting with insurance claims processing (usually a pharmacist will handle this, but assistant’s help will be needed – the entire process is done online)
Stocking and pricing of medications in inventory
Ensuring availability of drugs by delivering them to patients or facilities
Maintaining pharmacy’s (and its patients’ employees’) safety by adhering to infection-control procedures, policies and regulations
Enjoyment of working with people
Proficiency with numbers and calculations
Basic computer skills
Ability to adapt and learn unique procedures to every location site
Professional phone presence
Ability to adapt to the needs of patients and pharmacist
How to become a Pharmacy Technician:
A Pharmacy Technician certification program, will increase your chances of employment, as many employers look for potential employees as pharmaceutical techs who have obtained this certification, and some have it as a requirement. Check with your state’s requirements and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
If you enjoy working in the pharmacy, you may wish to advance in the medical field by pursuing pharmacist training. Becoming a pharmacist requires earning a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited school, the passing of exams and licensure.
Pay and Job Outlook:
According to U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the median pay for a pharmacy technician is $14.62 per hour, and $30,410 annually. The percentage of employment for pharmacy techs is expected to rise by 9% by 2024, which is much faster than average.