Pharmacy Technician Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Pharmacy Technician, or Pharmaceutical Technician, is a registered professional who preforms a variety of functions in the pharmacy.  Working under the supervision of a Pharmacist, they accept and review prescriptions, prepare and issue medications to patients and health professionals and manage supply and inventory. 

 

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Pharmacy Technician duties and responsibilities

A Pharmacy Technician takes prescriptions and prepares medication for patients at the pharmacy, their other duties include:

  • Receiving and verifying the accuracy and authenticity of prescriptions
  • Calculating the price of prescriptions
  • Reviewing and recording patient information with their prescription in compliance with the guidelines of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Stocking the pharmacy with inventory
  • Providing instructions to educate people on the correct way to take their medicine
  • Supporting the Pharmacist in the daily operation of the pharmacy
  • Protecting employees and patients by adhering to infection-control protocols and policies
  • Disbursing completed and confirmed prescriptions to patients  
  • Answering incoming calls and fielding patient questions 
  • Maintaining a clean and safe pharmacy by complying with regulations, rules and procedures

 

Pharmacy Technician Job Description Examples:

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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger! We are searching for Pharmacy Technicians (certified and non-certified) for several of our stores.

Job Functions:

  • Provide technical assistance to the Pharmacist in all areas that a non-pharmacist can legally perform.

  • Greet Customers and provide customer service.

  • Enter patient's information into computer accurately and efficiently.

  • Tender customer transactions in a quick and efficient manner.

  • Promote for sale to our customers any current charitable promotions.

  • Understand and follow the guidelines in scanning every item.

    Qualifications:

  • High school education or equivalent

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Must pass national certification exam within 12 months of pharmacy department employment and maintain that certification with biannual renewals. Demotion will follow if the certification is not attained or maintained.

  • Ability to handle stressful situations

  • Effective communication skills and phone etiquette

  • Knowledge of basic math: counting, addition, and subtraction

    Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

    The Kroger Family of Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $0.00 /year

    Experience:

  • Pharmacy Technician: 1 year (Preferred)

    License:

  • Ptcb (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Store Discounts

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

  • Weekends required

  • Holidays required

  • Day shift

  • Night shift

    Company's website:

  • No
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    Pharmacy Technician

    Opportunities exist for part-time and full-time candidates to join our organization! This role provides all the necessary training to become a pharmacy technician - no external license is required in New York.

    Essential Functions:

  • Work effectively with store management and store crews

  • Balance efficiency with accuracy

  • Work both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Promote CVS customer service culture

  • Promote a positive pharmacy experience for all CVS patients and customers

  • Display compassion and genuine care for all patients

    Must be at least 18 years old

    Required education:

    High school or equivalent

    Job Types: Full-time and part-time opportunities exist

    Salary: $15.50 to $16.20 /hour

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $15.50 to $17.00 /hour

    Experience:

  • customer service: 1 year (Preferred)

  • pharmacy technician: 1 year (Preferred)

    Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Store Discounts

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Parental Tuition
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    Pharmacy Technician

    Opportunities exist for part-time and full-time candidates to join our organization! This role provides all the necessary training to become a pharmacy technician - no external license is required in New York.

    Essential Functions:

  • Work effectively with store management and store crews

  • Balance efficiency with accuracy

  • Work both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Promote CVS customer service culture

  • Promote a positive pharmacy experience for all CVS patients and customers

  • Display compassion and genuine care for all patients

    Must be at least 18 years old

    Required education:

    High school or equivalent

    Job Types: Full-time and part-time opportunities exist

    Salary: $15.50 to $17.00 /hour

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $15.50 to $17.00 /hour

    Experience:

  • customer service: 1 year (Preferred)

  • pharmacy technician: 1 year (Preferred)

  • healthcare: 1 year (Preferred)

    Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Parental leave

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Benefit Waiting period may Only full-time employees eligible

  • What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

    Pharmacy Technicians prepare, dispense and supply patients and health professionals with over-the-counter and prescription medications. They also handle inventory and customer transactions at the pharmacy, under the supervision of the Pharmacist. Pharmacy Technicians also make sure that all the  equipment in the pharmacy, including scales, computers and printers is running efficiently. They also maintain a sterile environment, ensuring that pill counting trays, countertops and other medication measuring devices meet health and safety standards. Pharmacy Technicians also check and record customer information and perform routine customer service functions.

     

    Pharmacy Technician skills and qualifications

    A successful Pharmacy Technician candidate must will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications to perform their duties effectively, these include:

    • Dependability
    • Attention to detail
    • Reporting skills
    • Organisational skills
    • Integrity
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Patience and the ability to remain calm during stressful situations
    • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

     

    Pharmacy Technician experience requirements

    Pharmacy Technicians must have several years of experience working in a pharmacy. Ideal candidates may have worked as Pharmacy Assistants, Dispensing Technicians or Dispensing Assistants. Some employers accept candidates who obtained clinical experience during on-the-job training. Employers may also hire candidates who have gained experience through internships and externships after completing an accredited Pharmacy Technician program. Some employers require Pharmacy Technicians to have worked in a customer service, or sales role as this equips them with the knowledge and ability to work with diverse clients enhancing their customer relationship management skills. 

     

    Pharmacy Technician education and training requirements

    Pharmacy Technicians don’t need a degree to perform their job, but must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Applicants with a National Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)/Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) or a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) National Diploma can also apply but must have the GPhC registration. 

    Candidates should have at least four General Certificates in Secondary Education (GCSEs), including maths, English and two science or equivalent qualifications, to  show that they have an in-depth understanding of pharmacy. 

    Pharmacy Technician salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Pharmacy Technician is £25,580 per year. However, actual pay depends on various factors such as the employer, job responsibilities and location.

     

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    To make your Pharmacy Technician job description stand out and attract the right candidates, use the exact job title and write in clear language to avoid any confusion. Include a captivating summary and the exact job application start and end dates. Also, talk about why your organisation is a great place to work for, state any potential for growth and the importance of their role to the company. Mention the primary duties, responsibilities and outline the core competencies you are looking for in the ideal candidate. You can also mention the person the candidate will be working with. 

     

    What is the difference between a Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacist?

    The primary difference between the two professionals is that a Pharmacy Technician works under the supervision of a Pharmacist. A Pharmacist is licensed to run a pharmacy and usually requires a university degree and professional certifications. Pharmaceutical technicians require a lower qualification.

     

    What qualities make a good Pharmacy Technician?

      The attributes essential for the success of Pharmacy Technicians include exceptional customer service skills, outstanding communication skills, thoroughness and attention to detail. Successful Pharmacy Technician candidates will also be proficient in inventory management and have excellent computer skills.

     

    What should you look for in a Pharmacy Technician CV?

    When assessing a Pharmacy Technician’s CV, it is important to check the document for evidence of pharmacological knowledge. The candidate must also have excellent numeracy skills and knowledge of general computer software. Also, check for industry-specific certifications and attention to details.

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