Selecting Pharmacy Technician Certification as a Wealthy Career Option Have you ever thought about entering the medical industry? Usually when you talk about the medical industry, the first thing that comes to people’s mind is nurses and doctors. Actually, the medical industry does not only focus on nurses and doctors because there are also a lot of other jobs on this industry like pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, X-ray technicians and more. Though they are often disregarded because of these two entities, these medical jobs also provide benefits to students. If you have plans of taking up pharmacy technician classes, what can you expect after getting a technician certification? What are you responsibilities and what are the possible job prospects available for you? These are only some of the many questions that you may ask about this career option. Since it is too expensive to study four-year courses, most people decide to go for simpler jobs with good pay outs. Here are some of the things that you need to know on being a pharmacy assistant. Working Environment: Possible Jobs and Locations Basically, they are often hired on pharmacies like drugstores, mail order companies, retail pharmacy chains and more. The main work of a these professionals is to prepare medication after they receive the prescription request. The first thing that they have to do is to verify if the prescription is correct and accurate. After that, they will count, pour, mix and measure the medication carefully before the pharmacists check it. They also prepare the labels, the type of container to use and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels on the container. They can also work with other facilities like hospitals. They will have more responsibilities on these facilities like reading patient charts and delivering medicine to patients. So they actually interact with the patients unlike working with drugstores and retail pharmacies. Expected Pharmacy Technician Salary According to reports as of 2012, the average annual Pharmacy technician salary of these professionals in the United States is $34,000. This is already a good annual salary considering the fact that you only need little training to get a certification for this. However, based on the research of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry level positions on this industry can receive between $23,370 and $28,400 annually. Can you possibly get a Job by Pursuing this Career? New technologies might eliminate some positions given to these professionals but it will not affect the need for people. Since these professionals are very flexible, the need for pharmacy technicians will not decrease over the next few years. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, this career option will be in demand on the next few years because more and more people are taking different kinds of medications and the elderly population is starting to increase. If you think that this career option can be a great way to enter the medical industry, you can find a lot of schools that offers training and certification for pharmacy technician.
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