Being a Pharmacy Technician has a great responsibility. People’s health is at stake when the administration of medicines and other pharmaceutical products is involved. Therefore, in order to work in a pharmacy, you must have a specific training, and it is not enough to have certain sales skills or customer service vocation as in any retail establishment. To do so, you have two options: to take the university degree in Pharmacy or to obtain the Pharmacy Technician certification.
To be able to practice as a pharmacy assistant it is essential to have a Pharmacy Technician certification. It is important that the training program we choose gives us this title and will allow us to pursue other intermediate or higher degrees, in the case of wanting to continue studying.
The competencies that you will learn to practice this profession will help you, fundamentally, to support the pharmacist in his commercial work, to know how to dispose of the products for sale, and to give advice to the patient.
Mainly, the Pharmacy Technician will perform an organization, cash control, and other administrative tasks such as processing the recipes billing. However, the curriculum of this type of courses also includes the disposition and sale of pharmaceutical products, how a pharmacy works, laboratory operations, master formulas records, first aid and basic anatomy and pathology, among other subjects; knowledge that you can put into practice with the supervision, usually, of a graduate in Pharmacy.
With the degree, you can work in pharmacies, in drug stores or in hospital pharmacies. But you can also work in offices, warehouses or laboratories. This specialty is also related to work in the field of cosmetics or phytotherapy. This Pharmacy Technician certification can be studied both in person and remotely.
According to Adecco, the technicians of social health care, as a technician in pharmacy, are one of the professions with greater demand. The average salary of this type of profiles ranges between 12,000 and 18,000 euros per year.
To be able to open and run a pharmacy, it is essential to be a member of one of the professional pharmacy colleges, and for that, you must study a university degree in pharmacy. Pharmacists advise patients about the effect of medications and how to use them, they can advise doctors about them, or even collaborate with other fields of medicine, chemistry or biology. Therefore, they can practice in different professional areas depending on the specialization and not only in a pharmacy: they can work in pharmaceutical laboratories, in health institutions, and in various industries such as cosmetics.