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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Daily Tasks
Read the written prescription from the physician; enter the information into the computer system; calculate doses; take into account patient's insurance restrictions; assemble the prescription (measure, count, pour, apply label); sell to customer. Tasks are administered under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Skills/Talents
Customer service, human relation skills, computer skills, math abilities, medical terminology knowledge, prescription abbreviation knowledge, ability to work within a team atmosphere, organizational skills.
Work Setting
Pharmacies in hospitals, retails stores or clinics.
Work Hours
Sunday-Saturday, all shifts (24/7) in a hospital or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday in clinic settings.
Education
High school diploma or GED. On-the-job training or associate degree from an accredited program.
Qualifications
Past experience and ability to pass capability tests are required.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, computer applications, English composition, health education, biology, chemistry, and algebra
Minnesota Median Salary
$14.54/hour ($30,359/yr)
Pharmacy Technician
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