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What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

December 21st, 2021

pharmacy technician at a desk writing out a prescriptionPharmacy technicians have a meaningful career and positively impact lives every day. The pharmacy technician undergoes training and certification, working under the guidance of a pharmacist. The career is in high demand and continues to grow. At Pennco Tech, our pharmacy technician program in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA prepares students for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry. Here, we introduce you to the pharmacy technician role and discuss the qualities needed to succeed.

What Is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy technicians work directly with customers and healthcare professionals under the guidance of a pharmacist. They support the pharmacy operations and provide customer service following the pharmacist’s safety and hygiene guidelines.

The pharmacy technician’s duties include preparing, labeling, and stocking medication. They use IV equipment, compounding tools, and calculate dose and quantity to dispense to complete their daily work. Many technicians find employment in retail drug stores, grocery store pharmacies, and hospitals.

Pharmacy Technician’s Roles and Responsibilities

The pharmacy technician has a wide range of responsibilities under the guidance of the pharmacist. The primary role is preparing medication and assisting customers, but they are also responsible for completing many other tasks.

A pharmacy technician’s job description includes the following:

  • Filling prescription and over-the-counter medication orders
  • Measuring and mixing dosages with accurate instruction labels
  • Contacting physicians to authorize prescription refills
  • Using automated dispensers
  • Assisting in patient immunizations
  • Using software to manage inventory
  • Stocking medication
  • Rotate and remove expiring stock
  • Medication compounding
  • Place orders and verify receipt of shipments
  • Calculate, record, and issues charges to generate revenue
  • Collect information for reporting
  • Refer specific questions, requests, and inquiries to the pharmacist

Is There a Demand for Pharmacy Technicians in NJ & PA?

The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow with various opportunities to pursue. The job market is expected to continue expanding, due to an aging population that is living longer on average and requires more medical care.

Trained and certified pharmacy technicians can find a growing opportunity in the following positions:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Clinical Technician
  • Infusion Pharmacy Technician
  • Inventory Technician
  • Pharmacy Insurance Professional

Education and Certifications

While a GED or high school diploma was enough to become a pharmacy technician at one time, the changing pharmacy industry has made it necessary to build a strong foundation with training from an accredited course. Pharmacies prefer to hire pharmacy technicians with pharmacy technician experience or education.

Graduating from a course certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) are helpful for anyone looking to succeed in the industry. Trade career schools can prepare students to find a pharmacy technician career. The best schools offer in-class hands-on learning and an externship to help students succeed.

Start Your Meaningful Career as a Pharmacy Technician With Pennco Tech

Pennco Tech’s pharmacy technician course prepares students for a meaningful pharmacy technician career. You’ll gain hands-on experience and the training to meet the industry’s expectations in as little as 6 months. We offer externship programs for students to gain work experience with business leaders. Our lifelong support, resume writing assistance, and free business wear will help you successfully find an opportunity in the industry.

Considering a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician? Contact Pennco Tech or visit our campus in Blackwood, NJ, or Bristol, PA to speak with an advisor about our constant admission programs and scholarships.

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