Pharmacy technician

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What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

A pharmacy technician assists a pharmacist in the preparation of prescription medications for customers. Pharmacy technicians also help the pharmacist with the day-to-day running of the pharmacy. They normally work in pharmacies and drug stores, though they also find work in hospitals and stores with a pharmacy counter. A quality pharmacy technician can earn more with experience and additional training. Pharmacy technicians can also advance to become pharmacists, doctors or other types of medical professionals.

Working as a Pharmacy Technician

A pharmacy technician can expect to perform a number of duties each day, including:

  • Filling bottles with doctor-prescribed medication
  • Typing and applying labels to prescription bottles, providing usage directions and other patient information
  • Contacting doctors for prescription refill authorizations
  • Keeping detailed inventory records
  • Resolving patient insurance coverage issues

How much does a Pharmacy Technician make in the United States?

Average base salary
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13.2k salaries reported, updated at May 20, 2020
$15.42
per hour
The average salary for a pharmacy technician is $15.42 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Employee discount
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Life insurance

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Pharmacy Technician

What kind of hours do pharmacy technicians typically work?

Because many pharmacies stay open 24 hours a day, the work schedule could include weekends and evenings. The positions can be full or part-time, and the hours are usually flexible.

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What are characteristics of a successful pharmacy technician?

Aside from the required education, training, registration and certification, there are some characteristics of a successful pharmacy technician, which include:

  • Active listening
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Reading and math comprehension
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