As of the last quarter of 2018—and for the first time in our history—the healthcare industry surpassed manufacturing and retail as the largest source of jobs in the United States. Partially due to the rapidly aging population and the wild growth of medical spending, the numbers keep going up. According to an Axios report, prescription drug spending increases at a rate of 3.3 percent per year. That means there is a great need for pharmacy technicians.
If you’re looking for opportunities in the healthcare industry, consider a career as a pharmacy technician.
What are the duties of a pharmacy technician?
A pharmacy technician helps pharmacists dispense prescription medications. Additional duties may include:
- Screening prescription orders for accuracy
- Performing calculations to dispense the proper amount of prescription drugs
- Reconciling prescription orders
- Preparing prescriptions for customers: retrieving, counting, pouring, measuring and weighing medications
- Helping with the management of drug studies
- Using technology (such as computers) to accurately maintain patient records, prepare and package prescriptions, and order medication
Chicago—a hub for medicine—needs pharmacy technicians! Enroll in pharmacy technician programs at Coyne College, and in as few as 42 weeks you can be qualified for an entry-level position for an in-demand job in a hospital or pharmacy.