Pharmacy Technician  What They Do

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Prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Receives written prescription or refill requests and verifies that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepacks bulk medicines, fills bottles with prescribed medications, and types and affixes labels.
  • Answers telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Maintains proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Assists customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Prices and files prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Establishes or maintains patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Orders, labels, and counts stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enters inventory data into computer.
  • Receives and stores incoming supplies, verifies quantities against invoices, checks for outdated medications in current inventory, and informs supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Mixes pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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