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Duty of a Pharmacy Technician

What 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.)

You can complete Southeastern Institute's training programs in as few as 8 months! Receive hands-on instruction from caring instructors with practical experience in the fields in which they teach. Southeastern's small class sizes and individualized attention can be just the help that you need to succeed.


  • Certificate in Pharmacy Technology
Locations:  Columbia

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  • Pharmacy Technology, Associates Degree
  • Pharmacy Technology, Diploma
Locations:  Murfreesboro

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student, and you will gain career skills in an educational environment that simulates the workplace, so you can begin using your education immediately on the job.


  • AS in Pharmacy Technology
  • Diploma in Pharmacy Technology
Locations:  West Palm Beach

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At Kaplan College, we create programs with our students’ needs in mind. Our goal is to empower you with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed beyond the classroom. We offer a variety of programs at 28 campuses across 7 states in various degree levels to help train you for entry-level employment in a variety of rewarding careers.


  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Las Vegas

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  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Lincoln
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.


  • Pharmacy Technician

Arizona College prepares students to work in the 'real world' of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience.


  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Mesa

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  • DIP - Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Lubbock
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  • Pharmacy Technician Program

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  • Pharmacy Technician (8-Month Diploma Program)
Locations:  El Monte
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