Pharmacy Technician

Health Sciences

Interested in medicine? Like interacting with customers?

Consider becoming a PHARMACY TECHNICIAN.

What is it?

A Pharmacy Technician is a certified healthcare professional who dispenses prescription medication to customers or other health professionals.  Usually working alongside a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician most commonly works in a retail drug store, but also works within a hospital or nursing home, and even an insurance company or drug manufacturer.  This is a high-growth career path as new advancements in medicine are constantly being created for our aging population.

What will I do?

Pharmacy Technicians measure amounts of medication for prescriptions, and package and label them for customers.  They collect and enter customer information into their electronic medical records, and work with insurance companies to facilitate payment.  To help patients understand how and when to take their medication, Pharmacy techs might consult with patients on the phone or in person.

Can lead you to these jobs:

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmacist

Important characteristics for this job include:

  • Customer service
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Listening
  • Good at math and science
  • Organized
  • Empathy

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Pharmacy Technician

Employment Stats in Lake County

EDUCATION LEVEL NEEDED

High School

MEDIAN
SALARY

JOB GROWTH
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

%

JOB OPENINGS
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Source – Emsi, 2019

Interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician?

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Training grants are available to assist you with tuition or financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Pre-Pharmacy programs offered by the College of Lake County.

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