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Preparing for a career as a Pharmacy Technician involves extensive training good communication skills and a willingness to work with the public A pharmacy technician also called pharmacy technologist pharmacy medication technicians or pharmacy assistants provide technical assistance for registered pharmacists and work under their direct supervision They usually work in a chain or independent drug stores hospitals community ambulatory care centers home health care agencies nursing homes and in the pharmaceutical industry They perform a wide range of technical support functions and tasks relating to the pharmacy profession They maintain patient records count package and label medication doses prepare and distribute sterile products and fill and dispense routine orders for stock supplies such as over-the-counter products Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of licensed pharmacist their work is subject to quality-control checks to ensure accuracy High school students interested in the pharmacy tech career should take courses in mathematics science especially chemistry and biology and English Also in addition courses in speech typing computer science and health will also be useful Any extracurricular activities such as drama science clubs or other activities will help in developing communications and interpersonal skills Most pharmacy technicians receive their education through formal training programs offered through community colleges vocationaltechnical schools hospital community pharmacies and government programs The length of the program usually ranges from 6 months to two years leading to a certificate diploma or an associates degree in pharmacy technology A high school diploma is usually required for entry into these programs On a personal level pharmacy technicians must be precision-minded honest and mature as they are very much depended on They must have good hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity
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