Work in an Allied Profession as a Pharmacist Assistant
Doctors and patients rely more and more on state of the art drugs to alleviate pain, deal with symptoms and cure disease. Part of this growing field is the pharmacy where medicine is dispensed in a safe and sterile environment. It is a fast paced and challenging work-place with a need for energetic and outgoing people who want to help others working as a Pharmacist Technician.
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies and assist the pharmacists. Pharmacies are clean, well organized and disciplined work places. A technician is required to help maintain that environment. Sometimes, they may be required to lift and carry heavy objects. Most will work in stand-alone pharmacies or pharmaceutical departments of larger stores (such as supermarkets). Hospitals and large clinics also have pharmacies and there is a growing mail order and on-line pharmacy business. Technicians typically work normal business hours but may also be called upon to work nights, weekends and even holidays. Pharmacy technicians employed at hospitals can expect to work all types of hours including early morning and graveyard shifts. With experience and seniority, a technician will have more flexibility to choose their work schedule. Part time work is also common.
Education and Training
Pharmacy Technician training programs teach students with laboratory and classroom instruction in pharmaceutical techniques, record-keeping, medical terminology, some math, and ethics. They’ll also learn about mediation; which would include dosage, uses, and drug names. A program may offer internships or on-the-job training within pharmacies. Both pharmacy technician degrees and certificate programs are available.
With the explosive growth of the pharmaceutical industry and a aging baby-boom population, the outlook for Pharmacist Technicians is good.
A position as a Pharmacist Technician is a great way to break into the medical industry in an allied field. If you like responsibility, are quick on your feet , like interacting with people and making a positive difference in someone’s life, you may want to explore this health care career path.