The Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of the pharmacy team. They assist the pharmacist in serving patients by preparing medications for dispensing, compounding medications, interpreting prescriptions and medication orders, data entry, maintaining patient profiles and inventory and many other tasks required by the pharmacist to support him or her in the operation of the pharmacy. All tasks are done under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Employment opportunities abound for the pharmacy technician and there is even room for advancement. Work in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, mail-order, home infusion pharmacies, specialty, managed care, long-term care pharmacies, and more.
The pharmacy technician career is growing faster than average and is expected to increase by 12% through 2026. That is good news. The median hourly wage for pharmacy technicians in 2018 was $15.72. That means that half of the employed pharmacy technicians made more than that and the other half made less. Pharmacy setting plays an important role in salary. Retail tends to pay less than the other settings while hospitals tend to pay more.
National certification opens doors of opportunity for pharmacy technicians. Certified technicians command more money and are more likely to advance in the career.
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