Pharmacy Aides

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About the Job

Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

It is also Called

  • Ancillary
  • Certified Pharmacist Assistant
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • Dispensary Attendant
  • Drug Clerk
  • Front Counter Clerk
  • Pharmacist Aide
  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Pharmacist Helper
  • Pharmacist's Aide

What They Do

  • Deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences, or clinics, using various means of transportation.
  • Prepare intravenous (IV) solutions or solid dosage medications for dispensing into bottles or unit dosing packaging.
  • Calculate anticipated drug usage for a prescribed period.
  • Compound, package, and label pharmaceutical products, under direction of pharmacist.
  • Provide customers with information about the uses, effects, and interactions of drugs and out of stock items.
  • Operate capsule or tablet counting machine that automatically distributes a certain number of capsules or tablets into smaller containers.
  • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating copayments.
  • Restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves.
  • Perform clerical tasks, such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, or composing letters.
  • Maintain and clean equipment, work areas, or shelves.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $28,930 with most people making between $20,820 and $38,080

Outlook

0.78%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 770 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 830 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 6 openings due to growth and about 14 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.