Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists to prepare pharmaceuticals for dispensing, compound pharmaceuticals such as ointments and creams, prepare sterile products such as Total Parenteral Nutrition and Chemotherapy and enter information into  computers for the maintenance of patient profiles and prescription filling. Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies located in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants.

Skills Required

  • excellent oral and written communication skills   
  • proficient math skills  
  • good problem solving and decision making skills
  • a caring attitude toward others
  • good manual dexterity  
  • the ability to remain calm and handle emergencies  
  • the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • the ability to perform routine tasks while maintaining a high degree of concentration and attention    
  • a willingness to keep up to date with new products and practices.
  • information handling and computer skills

Education/Training Required

Diploma

Schools Offering Career Program

Nova Scotia Community College
Oulton College

Average Starting Salary
$39,520

Growth Rate
Varies

Education Required
1 year