Pharmacy technicians are a crucial part of the healthcare industry, and pharmacy tech jobs are available in a variety of settings. The Pharmacy Technician Program at The Praxis Institute provides all the training students need to get licensed and apply for professional positions after graduating. This program is offered at our campuses in Miami and Hialeah, FL, and can help you reach your goal of obtaining a fulfilling career in this part of the healthcare industry. Here, we discuss some of the top places pharmacy technicians can work after completing their healthcare training.
When you think of places a pharmacy technician may work, retail pharmacies in drug stores and grocery stores are what many people think of first because that’s where they see them the most in their communities. Like a pharmacist, the assistant has the chance to get to know their repeat clientele, making the work feel personally rewarding.
The main responsibility of a pharmacy technician is to help pharmacists with prescription requests and prepare them for customers. These pharmacy tech jobs are advantageous because they’re available in almost every city, have extended hours, and provide benefits to employees. The Pharmacy Technician Program at The Praxis Institute teaches you the inventory processes needed in retail pharmacies and methods for preparing medications to help ensure students can confidently pursue this type of job.
Hospital Pharmacy Jobs
Hospitals are another place pharmacy technicians can find work after earning their diplomas. Being employed at a hospital can be quite different from working at a retail pharmacy, as you’ll have little interaction with patients and will spend most of your time filling medications. Additionally, since hospital patients may only be there for a short time, you might fill most of your medications in single doses. You may also fill syringes and prepare IVs for patients.
A hospital can often offer pharmacy technicians more flexibility with the hours and days that they work because the facility usually has a tech on duty 24/7. Plus, the work schedule for each technician is often more routine than work at a retail pharmacy and you can enjoy the advantages of solid compensation and robust benefits package.
Mail Service Pharmacies
With the rise of telemedicine and demand for greater prescription drug convenience, mail-order pharmacies continue to increase in popularity. These pharmacies often fill a huge volume of daily prescriptions that are dispensed using specialized equipment, making hand-filled prescriptions more uncommon. As a result, pharmacy technicians must be familiar with operating and maintaining equipment and be comfortable using computer software.
In these work environments, the pharmacy technician’s main job is to monitor the equipment and make sure it is working properly. If you’re more of an introvert or are interested in machinery, a job in a mail-order pharmacy may be right for you. The pay is comparable to working at a retail pharmacy, but the schedule is often more like a typical 9-to-5 job with holidays and weekends off.
Assisted-Living Centers and Nursing Homes
Long-term care facilities, such as assisted-living centers and nursing homes, are also an option for pharmacy technicians looking for rewarding places to work. These positions are like hospital pharmacies in that the technicians spend a lot of their time preparing medications for patients to take. However, you may get more interaction with patients than at a hospital and you can work in conjunction with other members of your patients’ healthcare teams to ensure they get the highest quality of care. Like a retail environment, this gives you the chance to build relationships with the patients you serve.
Learn More About Our Pharmacy Technician Program
Are you ready to find your dream place to work after finishing your healthcare training program? At The Praxis Institute campuses in Miami and Hialeah, FL, our Career Services department is dedicated to helping students find positions in whatever location they feel is best for them, whether that be in a hospital, retail pharmacy, or nursing home. We also assist recent graduates and job-seeking alumni. For more information about the Pharmacy Technician Program at The Praxis Institute, contact us today.