Pharmacy Technician Overview
Pharmacies play a vital role in America's health care industry. They dispense the standardized medications doctors prescribe to treat patients with chronic and acute conditions. They compare and cross-reference prescriptions to help patients avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. They instruct customers on how to properly take the medications they're prescribed. They also offer advice about the non-prescription, over-the-counter drugs they sell.
Pharmacies are run by licensed pharmacists who've undergone many years of education and training. But pharmacy assistants often do much of the routine day-to-day work of operating a pharmacy. Also known as pharmacy technicians or pharm techs, pharmacy assistants perform many of the tasks associated with pharmacy operations. Typical responsibilities include:
- Taking incoming prescription orders
- Filling prescriptions
- Instructing customers on the proper use of their prescription medications
- Processing payments and insurance claims
- Filling out regulatory paperwork
Like the rest of the health care industry, the market for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase substantially in coming years. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases.*
Everest can prepare you for a career in this growing field. Its Pharmacy Technician career training program is offered at Everest campuses across the country. Most diploma programs are designed to be completed in less than a year.
As a pharmacy tech student at Everest, you'll get both the education and practical hands-on training to function as a competent entry-level pharmacy technician to licensed pharmacists in a variety of health care settings.**
Want to know more about Everest's Pharmacy Technician programs? Contact Everest today. A friendly Everest representative will get back to you immediately to answer your questions.
* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians.
** Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.