Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Career

There are many things to question when choosing to start a new career. How much will I get paid? Will I find a job easily? What is required of me in order to be successful in this field? Before starting a career as a Pharmacy Technician, there is some important information you should know and take into consideration. Pharmacy_Tech.jpg

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

Necessary Skills:

  • Enjoyment of working with people

  • Proficiency with numbers and calculations

  • Courteousness

  • 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.