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What does a typical day look like as a pharmacy tech?


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Dan’s Answer

Working as a pharmacy technician is a rewarding and complex position. There may be a steep learning curve to understanding healthcare regulations and laws, how to use the computer systems that the pharmacy utilizes, and learning some basic knowledge and classes of medications. However, if you are looking to either help patients, or if you’re trying to familiarize yourself with medications and get a broad knowledge of pharmacy prior to pursuing a professional degree, or if you want a fulfilling job, I think it’s a great decision. You will be interacting with patients the majority of your time whether in person or over the phone. In times that you are not interacting with patients, you will most likely be filling prescriptions, making calls to doctors offices, or calling insurance companies. I think this job is perfect for someone who is intuitive, responsible, patient friendly, and enjoys being busy from the time you clock in to when you clock out.

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David’s Answer

Robert, a typical day as a pharmacy tech, is usually quite busy. It’s slower for a privately owned pharmacy. You will be on your feet, most of the day! The phone and computer will become your best friend. Remember, that you work with a licensed pharmacist, so make her or him your best friend.

Some pharmacists in retail are doctor’s of pharmacy. Find out the steps that they took to get that degree. That should be your goal. That’s just my opinion. If you are going to play the game, you may as well be a heavyweight!

If you like to juggle, being a pharmacy tech will be easy!

There are pharmacy tech courses at St. Charles Community College. You can also take it online, offered by other schools.

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Max’s Answer

I am a retired pharmacist and it has been a while since I worked, but when I did work a typical 8 hour shift included such things as inventory management, ordering, checking in orders, waiting on customers, doing data entry filling prescriptions and most likely any other task the pharmacist assigned you to.

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