Definition: I will translate this title so it's easily understood. Pharmacy technician = Pharmacy aide/assistant/slave to the pharmacist on duty, by this I mean you will end up doing the grunt work of a pharmacist.
Role/Status/Functions: the pharmacy technician field can be misleading to people. Most people are sold a bill of goods about this field thinking that once they complete a pharmacy technician training program or course they will have a real rewarding career. However this is not the case. I will tell you why, the overall role of the pharmacy tech is to count pills, answer phone calls, enter prescription data into the computer, stocking the pharmacy with bottles, caps, bags, etc, call doctors for refill requests, help old people select the right stool softener, check ID's for Plan B, and reconstituting amoxicillin powders along with standing on your feet for 8 -10 hours a day. You could either be an inexperienced, unlicensed pharmacy technicians or certified/registered pharmacy technician. Everyone starts of as a pharmacy service associate, this is an entry-level role. The primary focus is customer service. Responsibilities within the position include: Ringing out prescriptions, answering telephones, and Pharmacist referrals. The role of the PSA is important because he/she is often the first person with whom the customer comes into contact. If you choose to take the technician curse you then move p to being a pharmacy Technician this is a second level position that builds upon the skills and responsibilities of the PSA. The role of the Technician is focused on customer service and prescription order processing, as well as problem resolution and inventory management. The role of the Technician is important because he/she helps to ensure that the right customer receives the right prescription, every time. After that you move up to Lead Technician ,this is a third-level position that builds upon the skills and responsibilities of the Tech.