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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN: Duties of a Pharmacy Technician

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Jessica is a Pharmacy Technician in Texas. She went through the Penn Forster Pharmacy Technician Program.

Degree: Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
Job Title: Pharmacy Technician

Job Summary: Pharmacy Technicians

Job Description

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer's question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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<span m='14890'>enjoy</span> <span m='15050'>counting</span> <span m='15370'>the</span> <span m='15690'>pills,</span> <span m='16710'>and</span> <span m='16910'>putting</span> <span m='17020'>away</span> <span m='17210'>the</span> <span m='17380'>order,</span> <span m='18040'>working with the</span> <span m='18440'>pharmacists,</span> <span m='18775'>It's</span> <span m='19110'>actually a</span> <span m='19450'>pretty</span> <span m='19890'>good job.</span> <span m='20365'>So</span> <span m='20840'>typically</span> <span m='21260'>what</span> <span m='21400'>I</span> <span m='21510'>do in</span> <span m='21770'>my</span> <span m='21890'>day</span> <span m='22365'>is just</span> <span m='22840'>counting the</span> <span m='23290'>tablets,</span> <span m='26500'>filling</span> <span m='26790'>prescriptions,</span> <span m='27480'>processing</span> <span m='28140'>prescriptions,</span> <span m='30730'>taking</span> <span m='32140'>new patients</span> <span m='33090'>for</span> <span 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