Direct Patient & Therapeutic Care

Pharmacy Technician

Career Progression

Entry Level

Pharmacy Tech

Mid Level

Senior Level


Pathway Category

Entry Level: These positions are the best entry points for someone with little experience or education, as they typically require only a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or a technical certification/ training and little to no prior related work experience. Many workers enter this industry through the Direct Patient and Therapeutic Care families. Although these careers start with lower wages, they are often a great starting point with huge potential for promotion and advancement with hard work, dedication, and planning.

What does a person in this career do?

You enjoy working with people! Your critical thinking and problem solving skills help to diagnose, troubleshoot, and treat a wide range of injuries, disorders, and diseases for your patients. You don’t mind being on the front line of the fight to help keep members of your community healthy, happy, and productive.

Occupations in the Direct Patient & Therapeutic Care family focus primarily on changing the physical health status of patients through direct care, treatment, and health education. They spend most of their time working directly with patients to diagnose, troubleshoot, and treat a wide range of physical illnesses, injuries, disorders, and diseases.

Description of duties

Assist pharmacists with the safe and accurate preparation of medications by measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording amounts or dosages of medications according to prescription orders provided by phone, in-person, or electronic forms of communication. May assist customers with the filling and sale of prescriptions, verifying needs or refill availability with prescribing agents when necessary.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Medical Product Storage and
  • Handling
  • Medical and Office Software
  • Active Listening and
  • Communication
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Attention to Detail and Mathematics

Other Job Titles

  • Accredited Pharmacy Technician
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Compounding Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Inventory Specialist
  • Billing & Quality Technician