Pursuing a career in the health care industry is satisfying both personally and professionally. Since there are so many options within health care, including nursing, dental, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, just to name a few, knowing where you fit within health care can be a challenge. Pharmacy technician training sets you up perfectly for a role working alongside a pharmacist in as few as eight months, serving individuals in the community as they manage illness and achieve health goals. Entering a career that is anticipated to grow gives you the confidence to enter this field, knowing that the likelihood of landing a job after graduation is strong. Concorde’s program is one that provides hands-on, practical pharmacy technician training to ensure that students are “career ready” before graduation.
Before committing to an exhaustive, arduous pharmacy technician program, you must first research the career and be sure this is the right path for you. Let’s begin with the nature of the work. A pharmacy technician’s work is detail oriented and structured. The work is also fairly repetitive. On a daily basis, you might measure amounts of medication, fill prescriptions and check inventory. You also have the opportunity to engage with members of the community, educating them on the drugs they are about to take, including side effects and instructions. Tasks might include accepting payment for prescriptions and processing insurance claims. A complete and holistic understanding of the process is important when working with patients seeking your services.
Considering work setting and environment is important any time you make a career choice. Will you be happy working in a grocery store or drug store pharmacy on a fairly small team of people? Hospitals and health care facilities also employ pharmacists – does this sound like an enjoyable work environment? Does the meticulous task of counting pills appeal to you, or do you prefer more ambiguous, creative work? All these questions must be considered before confidently making a choice.