Pharmacy technicians are the unsung heroes that keep pharmacies running smoothly. From helping customers who come in to pick up prescriptions to ensuring those prescriptions are prepared and packaged safely, pharmacy techs have an important role to play.
What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
Working closely with the pharmacist, a pharmacy technician performs a variety of important tasks:
- Receiving prescriptions, often using a digital system
- Exchanging information with patients and healthcare professionals to ensure accuracy
- Preparing and assembling medications for prescriptions
- Dispensing medication, both on prescription and over the counter
- General customer service, including accepting payments, taking phone calls and answering questions
For a more detailed view of what a pharmacy technician does, please see our Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Technician page.
What Qualifications and Skills Do I Need to Become a Pharmacy Technician?
Most employers prefer to hire pharmacy technicians who have some postsecondary education and training. Each state has specific licensing requirements you should understand as well.
If you complete the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program at Cambridge, you will finish your schooling equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). By passing the exam, you’ll become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), a credential that makes you a more attractive job candidate.
In addition to education, several skills are important to the success of a pharmacy tech:
- Attention to detail
- Effective communication
- Outstanding customer service
- Computer literacy
- Time management
- Inventory management
What Is the Employment Outlook for a Pharmacy Technician?
The country’s aging population means there will be a high demand for pharmacy techs well into the future.
As of 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 7 percent, from roughly 420,000 positions in 2018 to more than 450,000 positions by 2028. That makes pharmacy tech a faster-than-average growing job.
A pharmacy technician also has room for career growth. You may supervise other staff, use the job as a gateway to become a pharmacist, or move into a different are of the medical profession.
Ready to Become a Pharmacy Technician? Start Your Education Today.
A rewarding career as a pharmacy technician is at your fingertips. Contact a Cambridge advisor today to get started down this exciting career path.