What it is
Pharmacy workers provide medication and other prescriptions to patients. Pharmacists counsel patients on the proper use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as well as dispense the medications. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense medication and work with insurance companies to process claims. Pharmacy aides perform administrative tasks including answering phones and stocking medication.
What it's like
Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy aides typically work in retail pharmacies located in grocery or drug stores, but can also work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or assisted-living homes. Most full-time pharmacy jobs are a 40-hour work week and usually involve standing on your feet.
Pharmacy jobs involve interacting well with people and paying close attention to detail — especially when dispensing medication or maintaining patient records. To learn more about what working in a pharmacy is like, see what Lovelace has to say about his work as a pharmacy technician.
What it takes
Pharmacy jobsrequire different levels of training depending on the job. You can start out as a pharmacy aide to see if you like working in a pharmacy. The training you receive on the job can help you advance from pharmacy aide to pharmacy technician. If you like the work, you can always go back for additional training to become a pharmacist.
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