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Would a Pharmacy Tech Job Be Right for You?

If you’ve ever gone to fill a prescription, you’ve probably noticed a lot of people behind the counter, bustling about, looking busy. Yes, at least one of them is the pharmacist. But he or she isn’t alone. A pharmacy clerk may handle the cash register, interns may be learning the ropes, and a Pharmacy Technician is probably helping them all. But what does a Pharmacy Tech do?

Greet patients: If you’re a people-person and you like to help others, becoming a Pharmacy Technician might be right for you. You’ll be the first person patients see when they come to the pharmacy. It’ll be up to you to get all their important information entered into the computer and make sure it’s updated and always accurate.

Process prescriptions: The pharmacist oversees what you do, but as a Pharmacy Tech, you’ll still measure medications, package and label prescriptions, and accept payments. You’ll also process insurance claims to make sure patients get the benefits they deserve. Do you have great attention to detail? It’s one of the most important qualities for effective prescription processing.

Take inventory: It’s also important not to run out of medications or supplies. It’ll be up to you to keep track of them and let the pharmacist know when it’s time to reorder. You’ll also stock the shelves and keep things organized, paying close attention to expiration dates.

Answer phone calls and emails: In a busy pharmacy, it will seem like the phone never stops ringing. But there are also emails to respond to, and some pharmacies even accept prescriptions by fax machine. You need to be poised and professional whether you communicate with patients, healthcare professionals, or insurance representatives. And however they choose to communicate.

Be an awesome multi-tasker: In case you didn’t figure it out, Pharmacy Techs are busy people. If you’re great at handling multiple projects at once, while being super accurate and always pleasant, you might have what it takes for this rewarding profession.

Charter College offers a wide range of healthcare training, including a Pharmacy Technician program you can complete in as little as 10 months. Give us a call at 888-200-9942 to find out more now.