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  • A Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Technician*

    Pharmacy technicians work in conjunction with and under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to prepare medications, process payments, and provide customer service at pharmacies and other places where prescription drugs may be disbursed. Because patients depend on pharmacy technicians to correctly measure and label their prescription medications, technicians must have good attention to detail and basic math skills. The tasks that pharmacy technicians are allowed to perform may depend on the rules and regulations of the state in which they work.

    What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

    A pharmacy technician's job can vary depending on the type of pharmacy where he or she works, but typical duties may include the following:

    • Maintain patient profiles
    • Stock and take inventory of prescription medication
    • Assist the pharmacist in filling prescriptions
    • Prepare insurance claim forms
    • Communicate with doctor's offices
    • Receive prescription and refill requests
    • Perform general administrative duties like answering phones and operating a cash register

    Many pharmacy technicians interact with a variety of people throughout the course of the day, including doctor's offices, customers, and licensed pharmacists. A professional attitude, strong communication skills, and attention to detail are some important attributes of a pharmacy technician.

    Getting There: Pharmacy Technician Training

    A pharmacy technician career may begin with either on-the-job training or graduation from a pharmacy technician program. Diploma programs may help to prepare students to become certified pharmacy technicians through courses in pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, dosage calculation, and computers in addition to hands-on training.

    Most states require pharmacy technicians to be registered with the state board of pharmacy.