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Also known as:
Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPHT, Pharmacist Technician, Pharmacy Laboratory Technician, Pharmacy Technician
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Pharmacists used to fill prescriptions by preparing and dispensing doctor's specified pills, creams and liquids by hand. Today, most medications are manufactured by drug companies and shipped in bulk to pharmacies. As a result, pharmacists are able to focus more on providing clinical services. But someone must still measure the doses, count out the pills and type up instructions for the patient. Increasingly, this is the role of the pharmacy technician.
Pharmacy techs always work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist and given the power of today's drugs, they must be extremely detail-oriented, accurate and precision-minded. This is not a profession that tolerates mistakes and slipups. After all, with each prescription someone's life may be at stake.
You'll need a high school diploma and pharmacy tech certification from a community college, votech school or other institution. The aging baby boomer population will guarantee the need for pharmacy technicians for many years to come.
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Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
|Getting Information||Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.|
|Interacting With Computers||Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.|
|Performing for or Working Directly with the Public||Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.|
|Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events||Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.|
|Processing Information||Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.|
|Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work||Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.|
|Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates||Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.|
|Assisting and Caring for Others||Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.|
|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.|
|Computers and Electronics||Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.|
|Law and Government||Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.|
|Education and Training||Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.|
|Reading Comprehension||Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Service Orientation||Actively looking for ways to help people.|
|Time Management||Managing one's own time and the time of others.|