Duty of a Pharmacy TechnicianWhat is the Professional Duty of a Pharmacy Technician?
Your duties may vary depending on your seniority, experience, type, and the size of your employer. In general you may be responsible for counting tablets, measuring, labeling and ordering supplies.
What Might an Average Day Involve?
The duty of a Pharmacy Technician is to fill prescriptions and carry out routine tasks before being approved by a qualified Pharmacist. The tasks that you are allowed to perform vary by state and your employer. In retail and online pharmacies, you may read prescriptions, or receive them electronically from a physician, then weigh, measure, mix, or otherwise prepare and package the medicine. You would then label the container and ensure that patient information is available concerning the dosage and side affect information. You may also be responsible for record keeping and updating records. Hospitals and care homes may require you to give advice for minor ailments, and to have more interaction with patients and staff. Most of your tasks will be checked by a Pharmacist.
What is the Future for Pharmacy Technicians and How Might Education Help My Career?
Traditionally, you would have learned your trade by working with other technicians. Not every employer now has the time or resources to take on untrained technicians. Most employers prefer you to hold some sort of qualification as a sign of your commitment and level of skill and knowledge. The outlook for qualified pharmacy Technicians is expected to be good. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians.)
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