Pharmacy Technicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

38300+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Common job titles of Pharmacy Technicians include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 59.63% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 13.74% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

Tasks

    Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.

    Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.

    Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.

    Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.

    Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.

    Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.

    Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.

    Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.

    Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.

    Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.

    Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.

    Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.

    Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.

    Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.

    Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.

    Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.

    Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.

    Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.

    Price stock and mark items for sale.

    Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.

Tools

Water distillation equipment

Unequal-arm balances

Tube filling and crimping machines

Total Parenteral Nutrition TPN compounders

Torsion balances

Test tubes

Tablet counting machines

All Tools

Syringes

Sterilizing equipment

Specific gravity testing equipment

Single-beam balances

Semiautomatic sterile solution transferring devices

Robotic dispensing systems

Point of sale POS computer terminals

Petri dishes

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Microsoft PowerPoint

Laminar flow hoods

Laboratory vacuum pumps

Label printers

Intravenous IV supplies

Intravenous IV infusion pumps

Incubators

Horizontal and vertical flow hoods

Grinding and shearing colloid mills

Graduated cylinders

Flask washers

Filtering devices

Evacuated blood collection containers

Equal-arm balances

Electronic signature capture equipment

Double-beam balances

Desktop computers

Data input scanners

Computer-based dispensing equipment

Computer laser printers

Colloid mills

Centrifuges

Cash registers

Bunsen burners

Blending/agitating machines

Benchtop colloid mills

Automatic unit dose strip packaging machines

Automatic bottle filling machines

Autoclaves

Agar slides

Technologies

Medical condition coding software

MEDITECH software

Pharmacy management software

Billing and reimbursement software

Compounder software

Drug compatibility software

Inventory management software

All Technologies

Label-making software

Patient record maintenance software

Pharmaceutical software

Point of sale POS software

Prescription processing software

Pyxis MedStation software

Skills

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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