Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists in providing medication and other healthcare products to patients. They often perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also may perform various administrative duties, such as answering telephone inquiries, and handling take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition, pharmacy technicians may maintain patient profiles and prepare insurance claim forms.
Pharmacy professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:
- Retail pharmacies
- Drugstore chain
- Grocery store
- Department store
- Nursing homes
Pharmacy professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:
- Excellent customer service skills
- Ability to work independently or in a team
- Extraordinary attention to detail
- Excellent spelling and reading skills
- Organizational ability
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for technicians throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances bring treatments for an increasing number of conditions, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to fill a growing number of prescriptions.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008