If you're interested in a career as a pharmacy worker but not as a pharmacist, you can consider being a pharmacist's assistant or technician.
There is a difference between the two:
- Pharmacy Assistants- Their duties include administrative functions like answering the phones, shelf stocking, and handling retail transactions. It's a job that pays hourly.
- Pharmacy Technicians- In addition to some of the same functions as an assistant, technicians perform higher level duties like helping to prepare prescriptions. Plus, they tend to have more education so they can assist pharmacists.
The online education curriculum includes classes in patient care, pharmaceutical terms, and how to handle medical records.
Online pharmacist assistant and technician programs are available at many schools and colleges. You can become certified, receive a diploma or obtain an associate's degree as a pharmacy technician.
Employment opportunities include jobs in local retail stores, hospitals and other health care environments.