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Pharmacy Aides

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Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

    Work Activities
    • Greet customers and help them locate merchandise.
    • Prepare prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer.
    • Operate cash register to process cash or credit sales.
    • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
    • Answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacist when necessary.
    • Compound, package, and label pharmaceutical products, under direction of pharmacist.
    • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating copayments.
    • Provide customers with information about the uses, effects, or interactions of drugs.
    • Calculate anticipated drug usage for a prescribed period.
    • Receive, store, and inventory pharmaceutical supplies or medications, check for out-dated medications, and notify pharmacist when inventory levels are low.
    • Unpack, sort, count, and label incoming merchandise, including items requiring special handling or refrigeration.
    • Restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves.
    • Perform clerical tasks, such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, or composing letters.
    • Prepare, maintain, and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases, or deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats.
    • Deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences, or clinics, using various means of transportation.
    • Maintain and clean equipment, work areas, or shelves.
    • Operate capsule or tablet counting machine that automatically distributes a certain number of capsules or tablets into smaller containers.
    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.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    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.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $24,960/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $12.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 760
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100
    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:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Tablet counters
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
    • HEPA filtered enclosures
    • Filling or sealing auger dose machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software