Under pharmacist supervision, pharmacy technicians can supply medicine to patients, package medicines for prescription, and provide healthcare information to patients.
Technicians can also  answer phone calls from patients, arrange for patients to speak with pharmacists, accept payment from patients, and organize inventory.
What Skills Do Pharmacy Technicians Need?
Pharmacy technicians need a wide variety of skills, starting with customer service. Because pharmacy technicians often work in retail settings, they deal with patients regularly and need to be courteous and helpful. Being a good listener to both patients and doctors is helpful for pharmacy technician roles.
Pharmacy technicians need stellar math skills for counting medications and correctly documenting bills.
Pharmacy technicians also need attention to detail, which comes in handy for filling prescriptions. Because prescriptions can directly affect patients’ health, incorrect prescriptions can cause health risks and other illnesses. Pharmacy technicians need to be organized in order to correctly document procedures and medicines.
Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?
- Community pharmacy
- Hospital pharmacy
- Pharmaceutical production/sales
- Primary care organizations
- Education and training
- Veterinary pharmacy
- Pharmacy organizations
Pharmacy technician roles may have various hours due to broad business hours, and technicians may need to work night or weekend hours. Many pharmacy technicians can work full-time.
How Can I Become a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technician training usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll.
The Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) Pharmacy Technician Program includes classroom instruction and practical lab work using hands-on training to provide students the skills needed to become a qualified and competitive pharmacy technician. This education prepares students to sit for the pharmacy technician certification exam.
Designed to prepare students to enter the pharmacy field in an entry-level position working in hospitals, community (retail) pharmacies, clinics, and non-traditional settings, MTI’s Pharmacy Technician Program takes 35 weeks (nine months) and 764 clock hours. The Pharmacy Technician Program is available at the Springfield, IL and East Peoria, IL campuses.
After completing the proper schooling, students will need to successfully complete the pharmacy technician state exam, pay the appropriate fees, and pass a background check before seeking employment.
Starting Your Career as a Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks, including counting out prescriptions and helping customers obtain the right medication. There are many places to work around the country as a pharmacy technician, and once you’ve completed your education and passed the exam, you can choose the one best for you. The job market for pharmacy techs is expected to grow  12% between 2016-2026, which is faster than average growth. If you think you would like a career in this versatile, fast-growing field contact the MTI Admissions Team to learn more about enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program.
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