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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:
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.
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Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.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.
Water distillation equipment
Tube filling and crimping machines
Total Parenteral Nutrition TPN compounders
Tablet counting machinesAll Tools
Specific gravity testing equipment
Semiautomatic sterile solution transferring devices
Robotic dispensing systems
Point of sale POS computer terminals
Laminar flow hoods
Laboratory vacuum pumps
Intravenous IV supplies
Intravenous IV infusion pumps
Horizontal and vertical flow hoods
Grinding and shearing colloid mills
Evacuated blood collection containers
Electronic signature capture equipment
Data input scanners
Computer-based dispensing equipment
Computer laser printers
Benchtop colloid mills
Automatic unit dose strip packaging machines
Automatic bottle filling machines
Medical condition coding software
Pharmacy management software
Billing and reimbursement software
Drug compatibility software
Inventory management softwareAll Technologies
Patient record maintenance software
Point of sale POS software
Prescription processing software
Pyxis MedStation software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
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.
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
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.