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

  • Prescription Clerk
  • Pharmacy Helper
  • Pharmacy Clerk
  • Pharmacy Cashier
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Ancillary
  • Pharmacy Aide
  • Pharmacist's Aide
  • Pharmacist Helper
  • Pharmacist Assistant

What They Do

  • Operate capsule or tablet counting machine that automatically distributes a certain number of capsules or tablets into smaller containers.
  • Deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences, or clinics, using various means of transportation.
  • Prepare, maintain, and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases, or deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats.
  • Perform clerical tasks, such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, or composing letters.
  • Calculate anticipated drug usage for a prescribed period.
  • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating copayments.
  • Provide customers with information about the uses, effects, or interactions of drugs.
  • Compound, package, and label pharmaceutical products, under direction of pharmacist.
  • Prepare prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $21,410 with most people making between $16,320 and $29,820

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 2,050 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 1,750 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.