4 Common Misconceptions About Being a Pharmacy Technician

Ok, it’s time to set the record straight about being a pharmacy technician. Given that there is a growing demand for certified pharmacy technicians, it’s never been more important to debunk the myths that can put people off of seriously considering it as a career option.

4 common myths about being a pharmacy technician debunked

Myth #1: You need a chemistry degree to become a pharmacy technician

The top myth we want to debunk is the idea that you need to be a chemistry major to enter into a pharmaceutical career. In fact, you don’t need a bachelor’s degree at all.

Extortionate college fees and an uncertain economy are causing people to reconsider whether attending university is even an option for them.

If you’re interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry, training for a pharmacy technician certification is affordable, you can do it in your spare time, and you can start earning good money right away. Further down the line, certified pharmacy technicians can transfer their knowledge and skills to other jobs within the pharmaceutical industry or to research labs.

Myth #2: It’s just about counting and labeling pills

Pharmacy technicians have an incredible amount of responsibility handling life-saving (and potentially life-threatening) medication on a daily basis. This isn’t a job that just anyone can do, it’s imperative that you have an acute attention to detail.

Another major role is accurately filling in prescription details: translating, inputting, and processing prescription data, everything except the final check. In many instances, pharmacy technicians play an even more active role than pharmacists in preparing and handling your prescription.

Myth #3: A pharmacy technician is a pharmacist

The average person entering a pharmacy won’t spend long enough there to be able to distinguish who is the pharmacist and who is the pharmacy technician. As such, they might come to you expecting you to have the knowledge and authority to offer medical advice.

Even with time and experience, that level of responsibility is, frankly, out of your pay grade. In fact, you are forbidden to do so by law. You need to be very careful when speaking to patients to protect both them and yourself from the consequences of giving unauthorized medical advice.

Myth #4: You only work in community pharmacies

Pharmacy technicians can be found in many varied workplace settings. They work in hospitals, in military bases, and in laboratories across the country. Furthermore, once you get your Pharmacy Technician Certification, it is nationally recognized, meaning that you can easily find work should you choose to relocate to different states and territories with your new accreditation.

Find out more about getting your pharmacy technician certification here.

Blog Post written by:
Arelys Porras
Pharmacy Technician Instructor