Pharmacy Technician: An Exciting Job to Consider

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.

4 Responses to Pharmacy Technician: An Exciting Job to Consider

  1. I know a friend who is going to school for this and sounds like a good gig. The health care industry is a hot field to be in because there will always be demand and, as you said, there are many jobs like pharmacy techs who can’t be replaced by technology (at least for the foreseeable future).

  2. Hello i stumbled on this blog today from retire by 40.I wanted to provide some insight on the position. When you describe the role of a pharmacy technician it blurs the line between a technician and a pharmacist. Just a heads up pharmacists go to school minimum of 4 years after a bachelors or prerequisite classes, the future is bright but do to a growing number of schools the job locations are becoming less appealing, and the pharmacy field has limited salary growth but does have a high entry level salary.

    • I have a few friends who recently came out of a Pharma program. I couldn’t believe their starting salaries nor could I believe the education required. That being said I don’t have too much of an understanding of a pharma tech which is why I was excited for this guest post. Wish it had more information distinguishing the two

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