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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.
A pharmacy technician can expect to perform a number of duties each day, including:
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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Aside from the required education, training, registration and certification, there are some characteristics of a successful pharmacy technician, which include: