Pharmaceutical technicians typically work on teams in retail, hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians' offices under the direction and guidance of a licensed pharmacist. Good personal hygiene and sterile hands and equipment are necessary in this position, and uniforms and covered footwear are also required in these facilities.
Pharmaceutical technicians may have a variety of clerical and administrative duties, such as stocking, customer service, filing, dispensing, cleaning, processing and filling orders, sterilization of the equipment and work environment, and updating customers' charts and files. Some heavy lifting may occasionally be necessary, and maintaining customers' privacy and confidentiality is also of the utmost importance.
These technicians are responsible for counting pills and packaging and labeling medications, as well as dispensing medications under the guidance of a licensed pharmacist. They may work a variety of hours and shifts, though most work during regular business hours, and important skills for this position include close attention to detail, teamwork, problem-solving, customer service, cleanliness, and prioritization. A high school diploma or equivalent is a minimum requirement for this position, and employers may also require training and certification from an academic program. A background check may also be necessary.
Pharmaceutical Technician Tasks
Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
Collect patient information for prescription and billing.
Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.