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What is a Pharmacy Technician?

A pharmacy technician is a person who works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to prepare and mix medicines. Pharmacy technicians help and support pharmacists in carrying out their responsibilities and they perform tasks such as answering inquiries from customers, receiving prescriptions, and preparing, mixing, packing and labeling medicines.

A pharmacy technician should be patient, friendly, observant and careful, and have the ability to analyze, interpret and apply policies, procedures, and instructions. They should have good eyesight, good hand-eye coordination, and finger and manual dexterity to pick and pinch small tablets with their fingers and hold and manipulate objects with their hands.

Pursue a career as a pharmacy technician if you have patience and people skills and interest in dispensing medicinal drugs.

What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

Pharmacy technicians may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Pharmacy technicians may work shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays. They work in neighborhood pharmacies, clinics and hospitals. Their job will require them to have physical stamina, as they may stand, walk and lift for extended periods of time.

What is Required to Become a Pharmacy Technician?

To be employed as a pharmacy technician, you will be required to have completed your secondary school education. Most employers provide on-the-job training for new recruits.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Pharmacy technicians need to have:


Alternative Careers

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