What is a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy technicians... 

  • Assist a pharmacist with the preparation of prescription medications for customers.
  • He or she may receive written prescription requests or may process requests doctors' offices send electronically or phone in.
  • Depending on their level of training, may compound or mix medications
  • Organizes drug inventory and lets a pharmacist know if there are any shortages.


  • A Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Technician

  • "Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels"
  • "Handle all cash register operations"
  • "Resolve customer complaints, issues, and concerns"
  • "Type prescription information to produce labels"
  • "Keep detailed records of medications and stock"
  • Many technicinas receive only on-the-job training, but employers prefer those who have attended a formal training program. 


  • What Skills Do You Need to Succeed As a Pharmacy Technician?

  • In addition to any required or optional education and training, registration, and certification, you should also have certain qualities, commonly called soft skills, which will contribute to your ability to do this job. They are:
  • Active Listening: You will have to understand doctors' instructions, and customers' requests and inquiries.
  • Speaking: You must be able to convey information to pharmacists and comfortably communicate with doctors and customers.
  • Attention to Detail: It is essential to be careful when filling prescriptions and preparing labels. Mistakes can be deadly.
  • Organizational Skills: Being well organized will also allow you to avoid dangerous errors.
  • Reading Comprehension: You need to be able to understand written documentation.