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    Pharmacy technician? +rep

    Long story short in this class, we went on a site where you take quizzes and whatnot (career cruising), to find out what career might suit you. I have to do a powerpoint on it, and basically I have no idea what a Pharmaceutical Tech would even do, really. I got the gist of it on the site, but I just want some firsthand info on it, and how long it takes to become one, obstacles in becoming one, etc.

    If anyone here actually does or used to do that, I will +fullrep for your time. c: thanks!

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    I'm a pharmacy technician and I've also volunteered at a hospital pharmacy for over 4 years now c:
    if you send me questions, i can try to help you out
    i'm not good at just writing about it without questions tho haha

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    Basic job of a Pharm Tech:

    Everything other than checking over the efficacy of the drug dose vs. patient, give instructions and advice upon pickup, recommendations and prescription of drugs (if pharmacists are allowed to, dep. on where you live). Pretty much everything except the thinking of drug-specific knowledge.

    Examples of this are:

    -Cleaning up
    -Taking prescriptions
    -Taking payments
    -Tending to phone calls unless the pharmacist is required
    -Organizing stock
    -Sorting and filling prescriptions

    There are 2 ways to become a pharm tech:

    1. Just apply-in without formal training; some places take people in like that and they're trained over time to become proficient in the job; hence some are even just high school graduates.
    2. Some technical/trade schools offer specialized diploma programs for pharm tech, usually lasting 1-2 years, including a semester of practicals at a real pharmacy. This isn't necessary, but gives you official certification and an easier time finding a pharm tech job if it's competitive in your area.

    Obstacles to become one are:

    -Getting the job
    -Being able to have good memory and multitask, because at peak hours, things get really busy where you have to do different tasks at once like filling prescriptions, taking dropoffs, consulting pharmacists, getting the phone, etc.
    -You need to be patient with others (at least in retail pharmacies). It's a pretty high stress job if you're not good at taking criticism. There are lot of disgruntled and piss angry customers who will rage at you in-person and over phone everyday; whether it was your fault, a problem with the doc prescription, drug out of stock, trying to get drugs for fun, insurance issues, etc.

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    Im a pharmacy tech also, feel free to mail any questions. And @Mod nailed it.

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