Career Options for Pharmacy Technicians

May 22, 2018

Career Options for Pharmacy Technicians

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. This rate is faster than the average for all occupations. As the population ages, the demand for pharmacy technicians will continue to grow.

 

As a pharmacy technician, you will work under the direction of a pharmacist. You will be the liaison between customers and the pharmacists. In this role you may also maintain inventory, measure, mix, count and label medications according to the prescription orders.

 

 

 

Pharmacy Technicians can work in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Mail-Order Pharmacies
  • Chain and Independent Drugstores
  • Big-Box Retailers
  • Wholesale Druggists
  • Surgery Units
  • Private Practices

 

Hospitals and Surgery Units: If you work as a Pharmacy Technician in a hospital or surgery unit, you may prepare different types of medications, such as intravenous medications. Your work may also involve making rounds to distribute patient medications and managing the refilling of automated medication dispensing machines.

 

Mail-Order Pharmacies: Mail-order Pharmacy Technicians usually work in an office-type setting. They fill prescriptions from a workstation. If you enjoy being behind the scenes and working on your own with minimal supervision, you might like being a mail-order Pharmacy Technician.

 

Chain and Independent Drugstores: Retail pharmacies offer Pharmacy Technicians an opportunity to work directly with customers. Retail Pharmacy Tech activities may include collecting customer information, processing insurance claims and taking payment for prescriptions.

 

In addition to the variety of work environments available to Pharmacy Technicians, there are many other reasons to pursue certification, such as:

  • Rapidly growing field
  • Job security
  • Good pay
  • The ability to work in a healthcare-related field, without clinical duties
  • Can be the first step toward becoming a Certified Pharmacist

 

If becoming a Pharmaceutical Technician sounds like it might be for you, we would love to hear from you! For more information about Career Options for Pharmacy Technicians at CCNN, please contact us at 775.241.4455

 

Sources: https://www.pharmtechs.org/;  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm

 


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