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Pharmacy Technicians - 29-2052.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Accredited Pharmacy Technician
  • Billing and Quality Technician
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Compounding Technician
  • Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT)
  • Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech)
  • Senior Pharmacy Technician
  • Technician
  • Technician, Inventory Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
  • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Price stock and mark items for sale.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.
  • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Merchandise healthcare products or services.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Level I Pharmacy Service Associate
  • Level II Pharmacy Support Technician
  • Level III Lead Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Pharmacy Support Staff

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician