As the need for options grows among patients, pharmacy technicians are seeing their role expanded in the healthcare field.
“They’re gaining more and more responsibilities to allow pharmacists to assist medical doctors in making sure medications don’t interact,” said Rhonda Boone, Pharmacy Technician director at ACC.
ACC offers a two-year Associate Degree and certification for aspiring Pharmacy Technicians. They work with Pharmacists in drug preparation, distribution, and management in a variety of healthcare settings. Duties include drug and sterile product preparation, counting, pouring, and labeling pharmaceutical products for distribution, data entry, inventory control and management, and customer service.
“The technicians are involved in most every process of filling a prescription from accepting the prescriptions, billing and distributing the medications to the patients,” Boone said. “They have a very important role on the healthcare team in pharmacies as well as hospitals and home health care.”
The job market for Pharmacy Technicians is increasing and the number of positions in the country is expected to grow by 9 percent over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Labor department. The median salary for technicians is about $30,000 per year.
“As the responsibilities increase their pay scale will go up as well making it a worthwhile career,” Boone said. “Employers are constantly contacting the college seeking potential employees for their business.”
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