Pharmacy Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts

Pharmacy Technicians Career Video

Prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Receives written prescription or refill requests and verifies that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepacks bulk medicines, fills bottles with prescribed medications, and types and affixes labels.
  • Answers telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Maintains proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Assists customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Prices and files prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Establishes or maintains patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Orders, labels, and counts stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enters inventory data into computer.
  • Receives and stores incoming supplies, verifies quantities against invoices, checks for outdated medications in current inventory, and informs supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Mixes pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.

Insider Info

Dig into the details and check out what people in this job have to say about their work.

Related Careers

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Accredited Pharmacy Technician --
  • Billing and Quality Technician --
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) --
  • Compounding Technician --
  • Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT) --
  • Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech) --
  • Senior Pharmacy Technician --
  • Technician --
  • Technician, Inventory Specialist --