Pharmacy Technicians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Technician, Inventory Specialist
  • Technician
  • Senior Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech)
  • Pharmacy Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacist Technician
  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech)
  • Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT)
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What They Do

  • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.
  • Price stock and mark items for sale.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
  • 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.
  • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $29,700 with most people making between $20,410 and $42,410

Outlook

0.57%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 14,510 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 15,340 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 83 openings due to growth and about 147 replacement openings for approximately 230 total annual openings.



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