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Pharmacy Technicians

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
    • Enter prescription information into computer databases.
    • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
    • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
    • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
    • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
    • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
    • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
    • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
    • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.
    • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
    • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
    • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
    • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
    • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
    • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.
    • Price stock and mark items for sale.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 31020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,910
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,400

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Sterile or aseptic processing or filling machines
    • Laboratory mills
    • Laboratory balances
    • Filling or sealing auger dose machines
    • Digital pen

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Inventory management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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