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Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians help licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as c
The Job
Pharmacy technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctor's office.
Work Environment
Pharmacy technicians work in clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Most pharmacy technicians are trained on-the-job, but employers favor applicants who have formal training, certification, or previous experience.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They should be willing and able to take directions, but be able to work independently without constant instruction.
Quick Facts
  • Job opportunities are expected to be good, especially for those with certification or previous work experience.
  • Many technicians work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • About 71 percent of jobs were in retail pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores, or mass retailers.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.
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