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What do Pharmacy Technicians do? Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities, including reading patients' charts and preparing and delivering the medicine to patients. Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average through 2015 because as the population grows and ages, demand for pharmaceuticals will increase dramatically. Pharmacy Technician is one of U.S. News and World Report "100 Best Jobs of 2013."
Education and Training: Formal technician education programs are available through a variety of organizations, including community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals, and the military. These programs range from 6 months to 2 years and include classroom and laboratory work. They cover a variety of subject areas, such as medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy recordkeeping, pharmaceutical techniques, and pharmacy law and ethics. After completion, students receive a diploma, a certificate, or an associate’s degree, depending on the program.
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