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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

Pharmacy Technician

When people get sick, you can make it better. Pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies and hospitals, helping pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.

SALARY RANGE:

$25,974 - $38,441

To become a pharmacy technician, you can either learn your duties through on-the-job training or obtain a postsecondary certificate or associate degree.

Strong customer service and listening skills are vital as you’ll spend much of your time helping customers and communicating with pharmacists and doctors. You need to be detail-oriented and have good organizational skills in order to balance a variety of responsibilities and avoid complications.

At this stage, your typical duties may include collecting information from customers and health professionals, packaging and labeling prescriptions and organizing inventory.

With five years’ experience it may be possible to advance into a supervisory role and begin training other technicians who are just starting out.

After ten years you may choose to specialize and move into a specific healthcare institution. You may decide to take on a higher managerial role and transition to the administrative side of the job.

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