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Under the direction of a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician will measure, mix, count out, label, and prepare medications. They also often interact with patients and answer their questions.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Preparing medications under the direction of a pharmacist.
  • Measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
  • Establishing or maintaining patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Receiving written prescriptions or refill requests and verifying that information is complete and accurate.
  • Maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs.

Career Options

Most program graduates go to work for pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians spend most of the workday on their feet, and some pharmacies keep long hours, so they may work nights or weekends. Although most work full time, some work part time.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Have a clean criminal record and background check, meaning you can’t have been convicted of a drug or pharmacy-related felony within the last 5 years.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Pharmacy Technician Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others