Jobs for Pharmacy Technicians:

What they do:
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties. Typical tasks include:
• Receiving prescriptions from patients
• Receiving prescriptions sent electronically from doctors' offices
• Verifying that the information on a prescription is complete and accurate
• Assisting in preparing prescriptions by retrieving, counting, measuring, weighing, pouring and sometimes mixing medications
• Selecting containers and preparing and affixing prescription labels
• Sending prescriptions to be checked by a pharmacist before they are given to patients.

Qualifications
Most pharmacy technicians learn the occupation through on-the-job training. However, formal training programs are available through community colleges and vocational schools. Some private associations offer certification programs, e.g. the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT).

Where they work:
As of 2008, about 75 percent of pharmacy technicians were employed in retail settings. About 16 percent were in hospitals.

Outlook:
Demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 31 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.  2018 projection: 426,000.  Growth will also come from the need to replace retiring workers or those who leave the occupation.

AHS PharmStat wants to be your advocate for finding the placement you desire, the compensation you deserve, and the tools you need to be effective in your profession.  Whether you want temporary/relief work, a part-time position, a permanent position, or prefer local or travel assignments, AHS PharmStat will work to connect you with the perfect placement for your lifestyle.  Give us a call 877-309-3546, or go online and complete a "Quick Apply" and you will be one of the first to learn about opportunities in your area!