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Getting Behind the Counter as a Pharmacy Technician

Are you compassionate? Do you always pay attention to the details? If so, your dream career could be behind the pharmacy counter! To be successful as a pharmacy technician, discover what it really means to work behind the pharmacy counter.

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers. It requires you to be detail oriented so that you can accurately and efficiently measure, package, and label prescriptions. You might prepare and distribute IV medications and stock robotic dispensing machines, particularly in a hospital setting. You might also mix pharmaceutical preparations, organize inventory, maintain patient records, and process transactions.

As a pharmacy technician, you'll spend much of your time interacting with customers. You could work in a variety of settings such as department stores, grocery stores, retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, mail order facilities, nursing homes, research facilities, or hospitals. Your compassion and understanding will be your biggest asset when dealing with customers, many who might not be feeling well. Customers who visit the pharmacy might be post-surgery, ill, or simply not at their best. A smile and welcoming attitude can go a long way! You'll coordinate with the pharmacist, doctor, and patient to provide quality service. For example, you'll help answer customer questions, explain the pharmacist's instructions, and clarify any directions the doctor provided.

If you're a people person, what better place to work than at your local pharmacy? With an increased demand for prescription medications, the employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent by 2022.1 The medical field needs people who have the technical and personable skills to provide reliable care and service.

Get the best of both worlds! Learn the technical and customer service side of being a pharmacy technician. At , we'll give you both classroom and real-world learning opportunities. In the program, you could get hands-on experience at an externship in a clinic, pharmacy, or hospital. In as little as 9 months, you'll learn the working knowledge and skills you'll need to become an important part of any healthcare team. to learn more today!

1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm#tab-6 (visited May 18, 2015)

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