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Where Will I Work as a Pharmacy Technician?

Published: October 1, 2014 | Updated: August 2, 2017

Have you ever gone to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy and noticed several people busily working behind the counter? You may be wondering, if they’re not all pharmacists, who are they? Some of those busy workers are probably pharmacy technicians, helping pharmacists do their jobs and making sure you get what you need.

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to make sure patients receive the medications they need and the service they deserve. They enter all your important information in the pharmacy database and check for inaccuracies. They take prescription information from you and your doctor, and help package and label prescriptions. They also pay close attention to inventory of medications and supplies and let the pharmacist know when it’s time to reorder. But most importantly, they work directly with patients like you to make certain all your questions are addressed by the professionals who have the right answers.

If you’re interested in a career as a pharmacy technician, that big pharmacy chain is just one place you might work. While you’ll get to interact with a lot of customers and co-workers at a store chain, maybe you’d like to know about some of your other options.

Almost 20 percent of pharmacy technicians also work right in hospitals*. Like their counterparts at the chain store pharmacies, their main job is to help the healthcare team give patients the best care possible. But working in a hospital means your coworkers are doctors and nurses and other medical professionals.

Instead of a colossal chain store, you could also work at a small drugstore. These mom and pop pharmacies give you lots of opportunities to really get to know the people in the community. If you love helping others and want a career with faster than average job growth*, becoming a pharmacy technician could be your answer.

Other places pharmacy technicians find work include pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and clinics. But how do you decide what’s right for you? Consider your learning style, career goals, and work environment needs.

Working at a pharmaceutical company might mean helping out with drug research or addressing product inquires with customers. At a hospital, you’ll probably find a fast paced and varied environment. If you’re interested in one-on-one interactions with patients, a long-term care facility may be a good option. And, a small drugstore will give you lots of firsthand interaction with pharmacists and customers with a local, small business feel. Whatever your goals may be, a career as a pharmacy technician offers a variety of possibilities.

If you’re interested in a career as a pharmacy technician, check out the pharmacy technician program at Charter College. With our flexible year-round schedule, you could complete your training in as little as 10 months. Change your life. Start here.