What was your inspiration for taking your position as a pharmacy technician?
I'm a student interested in Pharmacy Tech ?
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I believe I am in the minority of pharmacists when I say I never actually worked as a pharmacy technician. Before pharmacy school, I volunteered in a pharmacy. I worked as a student intern through pharmacy school, and after pharmacy school, I worked as a graduate intern before becoming a pharmacist. My inspiration to become a pharmacist largely came from my interest in medication due to my health troubles as a child. I merged this interest with my aptitude for chemistry and decided to become a pharmacist.
Currently, I am working as a pharmacy manager at a major retail chain. In my state, it is not required for technicians to be licensed so anyone can become a technician. For this reason, I think the answers I have as to why my technicians took their position may be a little dull. Most of my technicians were front store workers who we transferred to the pharmacy due to my having trouble finding help. However, with this being said, I do know my technicians enjoy their job, and I have an idea why. Many of them enjoy the fast-paced environment of the pharmacy. They enjoy helping patients and believe the career is more rewarding than their previous front store work. My technicians also like being challenged—many views working through insurance claims and dealing with complex prescriptions as a puzzle, which they enjoy.
A pharmacy technician is an excellent job if you enjoy being busy and challenged. Additionally, the position is a generally straightforward way to gain benefits such as health insurance and retirement if this is your priority. Most technicians get into their work either through a necessity for these benefits or prepare themselves to become pharmacists.
Best of luck,
The main reason I wanted to become a pharmacy technician many years ago was to help patients. My career has taken my different paths in pharmacy, starting in retail where I helped patients as they walked up to the pharmacy or called the pharmacy needing assistance. Later I moved on to hospital and ambulatory pharmacy, the patient population changed however the purpose was still the same, helping the patient receive the important therapies they needed while hospitalized or upon discharge.
To now in the Healthcare Management space from a pharmacy perspective where the patients are now members, and my number one focus is ensuring the member's experience with their health insurer is positive and that they feel valued.
From my perspective - in the end we are here for the members/patients, we support their needs and make sure they have a voice and are their advocate.