Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. They take information from customers or health professionals needed to fill a prescription, count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions, and compound or mix medications. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer has a question about medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, including intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.TCC programs that are right for you:Healthcare Programs
Pharmacy technicians work primarily in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Pharmacy technicians spend most of the workday on their feet. Pharmacies may be open at all hours, so pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends. Although most pharmacy technicians work-full time, many work part-time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Additionally, the number of older people is growing, and older people typically use more prescription drugs than younger people.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.