What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist in the preparation and distribution of medications, maintaining the drug inventory, and maintaining patient and pharmacy records in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as pharmacy policies and procedures. Pharmacy technician activities are performed under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Pharmacy technicians generally have their high school diploma and are licensed as a pharmacy technician in their state of practice. Many pharmacy technicians also choose to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician by meeting eligibility requirements and passing an exam. The best pharmacy technicians are customer-service oriented and have a keen eye for detail.

  • Read and interpret physician's medication orders
  • Prepare and package chemotherapy medications and other medications requiring special handling in accordance with safety measures
  • Aid in filling, processing, and dispensing medications
  • Re-package and label medications
  • Adhere to safety practices in order to ensure quality care for patients
  • Help maintain the drug inventory through inventory control practices
  • Provide customer service by answering phone calls in a prompt and courteous manner
  • Triage requests and prioritize them
  • Check for expiration dates on medications on a regular basis
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Current pharmacy technician registration/certification
  • Pharmacy technician licencsure in the state you are working in
  • Basic mathematics skills including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing in all units of measure
  • Effective computer and keyboarding skills
  • Working knowledge of pharmacy information systems
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong prioritization skills and an ability to make decisions independently and effectively
  • Able to operate equipment such as computers, scan guns, tablet counters, and cash registers
  • Familiarity with pharmacy practice settings, legal requirements and limitations, prescription information and calculations, drug identification and generic equivalents, drug manufacturing, packaging and labeling information, and proper drug handling and storage practices
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Pharmacy Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$49,308 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $49K
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Pharmacy Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Pharmacy Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Certified Pharmacy Technician
Apr. 22, 2021

“they say flexible hours but its not really because that just means you have to work weekends and nights”

Registered Pharmacy Technician
May 19, 2021

“(I'd recommend being cautious with what personal information you share with coworkers AND management.”

Costco WholesaleCostco Wholesale
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Feb. 1, 2020

“Lead pharmacy technician and floater pharmacists I worked with were lazy and did not want to bother training me.”

CVS HealthCVS Health
Pharmacy Technician
Dec. 18, 2019

“15 cent raise after 1 year even though my performance was great (per my performance review)”

Certified Pharmacy Technician
May 11, 2021

“My favorite part of working for Meijer is the flexible hours as I am a college student”

Colorado Coalition for the HomelessColorado Coalition for the Homeless
Certified Pharmacy Technician II
Jul. 11, 2020

“Working at CCH is the best possible job because the team feels very strong and everyone is supported to be strong.”

Pharmacy Technician
Jul. 31, 2019

“Pay is great but I recommend this place as a short term place of employment.”

UNC HealthUNC Health
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Oct. 28, 2021

“It was a date job when I was there so the benefits were really good.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician

When working as a pharmacy technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Speaking, English, Pulmonary Function, Written Communication and Calculations.

The most similar professions to pharmacy technician are:
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Product Specialist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Product Manager

The most common qualifications to become a pharmacy technician is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.