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Pharmacy Technicians

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
    • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
    • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
    • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
    • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
    • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
    • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
    • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
    • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
    • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
    • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
    • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
    • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
    • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
    • 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.
    • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
    • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
    • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
    • Price stock and mark items for sale.
    • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.
    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $30,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 16,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,520
    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
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Sterile or aseptic processing or filling machines
    • Laboratory mills
    • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
    • Laboratory balances
    • Filling or sealing auger dose machines
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Label making software
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.