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Is Pharmacy Technician School Right for You?

Posted Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 by Altierus

If you’re looking for an in-demand career path that offers the opportunity to help others, consider heading to pharmacy technician school. Pharmacy technicians provide customer service in retail and hospital pharmacies, filling prescriptions under the direction of a pharmacist.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for pharmacy technicians are projected to grow 4% over the 2020-2030 period.[1]

It takes a certain kind of personality to succeed in pharmacy technician school. Here are five of the most important qualities you should have if you want to train for this career path.

Attention to Detail

Are you the sort of person who takes the time to read all the instructions before filling out a form? You may have the detail-oriented mindset necessary to succeed as a pharmacy technician.

Ensuring the safety of customers is the most important part of a pharmacy technician’s job. Giving a patient the wrong medication can be more than an inconvenience—it could harm them. Pharmacy technicians need to be careful and methodical about filling prescriptions and compounding medications.

Today’s medical system also involves detailed record keeping. This helps keep the pharmacy organized and compliant with laws about storing and handling patient data. Pharmacy technicians will often help with filing, entering data, or making records of inventory.

Strong Customer Service Skills

Pharmacy technicians work directly with the public, processing prescriptions and handling payment for medications. They need to be able to listen to customers’ needs or concerns, offer service with a smile, and stay calm when working with someone who is upset.

Pharmacy technicians in hospital settings have different “customers”—usually nurses and other practitioners who will be busy and sometimes stressed. This makes the ability to stay focused, calm and pleasant even more important.

If you are known in your current job for being the person whose positive, helpful attitude—or reliable professionalism—makes everyone’s day, you may have the right qualities for this aspect of the pharmacy technician role.

The Ability to Contribute to a Team

The pharmacy technician role is a support role. In addition to serving customers, the pharmacy technician’s job is to ensure pharmacists can carry out their duties. That means pitching in to do whatever the pharmacist needs done, whether it’s data entry, calling a doctor to clarify a prescription, taking inventory, or even cleaning.

Are you good at following directions and contributing to group projects? You’re probably already a reliable team member.

An Aptitude for Math and Technology

Pharmacy technicians need to be comfortable working with numbers. The pharmacy technician training program at Altierus Career College teaches two classes in Medical Calculations to ensure that you learn the applied mathematics needed to perform on the job. If you already excel at keeping a budget or even solving sudoku puzzles, you probably already have the mathematical talents needed for pharmacy technician school.

Pharmacy techs also need to be comfortable learning and using new software programs. That’s because they will typically work with a number of different programs to track prescriptions, insurance payments, and customer records.

An Appetite for Learning

Finally, the field of medicine changes constantly. To succeed in pharmacy technician school, you should have a genuine interest in medicine and be willing to continuously learn about it.

About Pharmacy Technician School at Altierus

Your learning can begin with formal pharmacy technician training. At Altierus Career College, our eight-month Pharmacy Technician diploma program covers anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, healthcare law, insurance procedures, and much more.

If you’re interested in training to become a pharmacy technician, find out more about our program today!


[1] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm#tab-6