Guest Post by Amanda
Most people have experience is getting prescriptions filled at a pharmacy. Often, however, they do not think about the person behind the counter’s job and what it entails. Those who work in pharmacies are trained in the study of pharmacology, which has a long and important history in medicine. Today, those who work in pharmacies have a stable, well-paying job where they will be able to work until retirement age. Here a few facts about becoming a pharmacy technician.
What education is required? Becoming a pharmacologist requires education and certification. Most students learn through a one-year to four-year program at a local school. To start working, pharmacology technicians must become certified in their state and demonstrate knowledge about the core aspects of pharmacology in both a theoretical and practical manner.
What do pharmacology technicians do? Pharmacology technicians take written prescriptions from patients. Today, many doctors are sending prescriptions electronically; pharmacology technicians are generally responsible for handling them. Some may also be required to take prescriptions over the phone.
Once the prescriptions have been received, pharmacology technicians will carefully count or weigh the proper amount of medicine. Some medicines may need to be compounded on-site. Additionally, pharmacology technicians may be responsible for creating patient files. They may also educate patients about how to take their medicines.
What does the future of pharmacology look like? Pharmacology will remain an important field for the foreseeable future. Many jobs are being replaced by computers; pharmacologists, however, are not at risk. Society and regulatory agents do not believe that automation can fill the role of trained professionals. Pharmacology technicians traditionally have a low unemployment rate as the demand for medicine does not vary with the economy.
People’s medical needs do not drop when the economy struggles, and those who work in the pharmacology field will find demand rarely wanes. Further, the field offers tremendous room for growth. New techniques and experience can lead to substantially higher salaries through the years.
The medical field offers a rewarding, exciting set of potential jobs. For those who prefer a retail setting to an office or hospital, working as a pharmacology technician can be a great option. Further, pharmacology is a rewarding job. Doctors make mistakes, and it is often up to pharmacology technicians to ensure that patients are safe from incorrect prescriptions and other errors.