Pharmacy Technician

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Educational Requirements

for Pharmacy Technicians
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary training (non-degree).


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Reading Comprehension: Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening: Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking: Talking to others.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Near Vision: Seeing details up close.
  • Oral Comprehension: Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression: Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension: Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Speech Recognition: Recognizing spoken words.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.