dcsimg

Career Story: Pharmacy Technician In A Retail Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technician In A Retail Pharmacy

Job Title: Pharmacy Technician

Type of Company: I work in a retail Pharmacy.

Education: BA, Spanish, Framingham State College •• Masters Course, Salem State

Previous Experience: My background is in education. I taught in a pre-school and kindergarten, but have always loved retail, which led me to work in a pharmacy.

Job Tasks: I am the lead pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy. My duties range from inputting a customer's prescription, to calling doctors several times a day, to correctly counting the pills being dispensed and assisting the pharmacist on duty with her daily tasks. Some of my other duties in the pharmacy are managing inventory and supplies and making the weekly schedule.

The day is very busy and sometimes quite hectic. There is rarely any down time. The phone is constantly ringing, either from doctors calling or patients wanting refills or advice. On a typical day, I arrive in the morning, gather any reports that have been sent from my district manager and start to input prescriptions. There are also prescriptions that have been placed on-line by customers, so those are ready to be printed and counted out for the pharmacist to check. Every morning there are doctors calls to make regarding the dose, strength, or quantity of drugs they've prescribed; or maybe it is a drug we do not carry, and the doctor needs to change it. The day goes by fast and most often the customers are very pleased with the service they have received.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is seeing a customer satisfied with the service we've provided. Unfortunately, not all customers are satisfied. You always have the customers whom we cannot please and that is probably the worst part of my job.

Job Tips: If pursuing a career in the pharmacy, I would suggest NOT staying with retail where the pay is lower. Instead, get into a hospital where the pay is much higher. However, the job does differ and may not be as busy or rewarding as in retail. I would also take advantage of as much training as possible. I

Additional Thoughts: Even though my background is in education, I have loved working in the pharmacy and have learned so much. I do not know if I will return to teaching in the future, but I am currently very happy in my career!

Popular Schools offering Pharmacy Technology Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads
UEI College
Bakersfield, Encino, Fresno, Gardena, Riverside, San Marcos

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

  • Programs: Pharmacy Technician (8-Month Diploma Program)
  • Degrees: Diploma
Unitek College
Concord

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

  • Programs: Pharmacy Technician
  • Degrees: Certificate
Intercoast Colleges
Elk Grove, Fairfield

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

  • Programs: Pharmacy Technician
  • Degrees: Certificate

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

  • Programs: Pharmacy Technician
  • Degrees: Diploma

About Valley College of Medical Careers

Valley College of Medical Careers is located in West Hills of the San Fernando Valley, CA. VCMC is the home of medical career training in Surgical Technology, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Assisting.

 

  • Programs: Pharmacy Technician
  • Degrees: Certificate
San Joaquin Valley College
Bakersfield, Hesperia, Lancaster, Ontario, Salida, Temecula, Visalia

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

  • Programs: Certificate - Pharmacy Technology, Degree - Pharmacy Technology
  • Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Pharmacy Technicians

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Pharmacy Technicians, including: