If you are a pharmacy tech working in a community pharmacy, but wanting something different, you should be aware that there are a number of other career paths you can take.
Pharmacy techs also work in hospitals, specialty clinics, outpatient care centers, long-term care facilities, specialty pharmacies, online and mail-order pharmacies, in labs assisting in research, at pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, and in government agencies, such as a Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
The duties of the job will naturally vary according to the place you are working. For example, if you are working at a pharmaceutical company, you might assist with clinical trials for new medications, such as the ones recently conducted for the Covid vaccines.
If you work in a hospital, you might assist in the hospital pharmacy or even deliver medications to patients. If you work at an insurance company, you might work as a prior authorization representative.
There are also a number of specialties pharmacy technicians can work in. They can learn them on the job from pharmacists, as well as undergoing continuing education programs offered by such organizations as the National Pharmacy Technician Association.
For example, the Association offers continuing education courses in Sterile Compounding Certification, Hazardous Compounding Certification, Billing and Reimbursement, Hazardous Drug Management, Immunization Administration, Medication Therapy Management, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain Management, and Medication History.
If you do take a continuing education course, you need to make sure that it is accepted by the governing agency for your certification, such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the National Healthcareer Association.
Here are some of the specialties open to pharmacy techs:
Procurement, which involves budgeting, inventory management, and drug selection management
Sterile products, such as intravenous medications
HIV treatment and prevention
Vaccines and immunizations
Technology, such as automated medication dispensing systems
So if you are looking to grow your career and take on new challenges and responsibilities, there are many different options to choose from.
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