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Pharmacy Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

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Currently Employed: 730

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.70 - $20.60

Typical Annual Salary: $24,300 - $42,800

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.

tools & technology

  • Filling or sealing auger dose machines
  • Laboratory balances
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
  • Laboratory mills
  • Sterile or aseptic processing or filling machines

  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
  • Label making software
  • Medical software

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