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. More than 70,000 pharmacy tech jobs are projected to be created between 2012 and 2022, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.* Much of this growth will be spurred by the large number of Baby Boomers aging into their retirement years.
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.
* Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.