A pharmacy technician, also known as a pharmaceutical technician, is a healthcare worker who performs pharmacy-related functions, generally working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist or other healthcare professional. Pharmacy technicians are employed in a variety of locations, usually in community/retail and hospital pharmacies but also in long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies, or in government or teaching. Job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use. They may also perform administrative duties in pharmaceutical practice, such as reviewing prescription requests with doctors' offices and insurance companies to ensure correct medications are provided and payment is received. In recent times, pharmacy technicians also speak directly with patients on the phone to make sure they take their medications on time.
High School Diploma or GED + License
$43,785.36/year or $20.97/hour
American Career College, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Los Angeles, LA City College, West LA College
Local: California Board of Pharmacy
National: National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)
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