How to Get a Job as a Pharmacy Technician
Posted Monday, Nov 29, 2010 by
With pharmacies found today in grocery stores, warehouse stores and “big box” discount stores in addition to traditional drug stores, hospitals and clinics, more people than ever are looking at pharmacy technician as a career. Because many states do not require pharmacy technicians to have specific training, licensing or certification, the field is even more attractive to many who just have a high school diploma.
But as with any occupations in today’s difficult economy, competition for pharmacy technician jobs is fierce. If you want to compete for pharmacy technician positions, here are some steps you can take to help separate yourself from the pack:
- Get technical training. Although many states do not require pharmacy technicians to receive any specialized education, it only makes sense that someone who has gone to school to study this field will be viewed more positively than someone who has not.
- Get certified. Again, not all states require this, but getting certified shows potential employers that you’re serious about the profession and have the knowledge and skills necessary to start working immediately. The two largest pharmacy technician certification entities are the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT).
- Hone your interviewing skills. Being able to interview successfully takes training and practice. You want to come off as confident but not cocky, eager but not desperate. Practice with a friend or mentor who’s not afraid to throw you the “hard questions,” so you can learn how turn an apparent weakness into a strength.
- Use good business practices. Before going on your interview, use the Internet to research the company you’re applying to so you can appear prepared and knowledgeable. Choose a conservative, professional wardrobe (don’t show up in a uniform or scrubs), and show up on time (or even a few minutes early). During the interview, be sure to smile, be enthusiastic and respond directly to the questions you are asked. If you don’t have a ready answer, admit it, but see it as a challenge to learn more. And after the interview, send a hand-written thank you note. It’s an “old fashioned” gesture many employers truly respect.
Pharmacy Technician Training at Everest Institute in Miami
You can start on the road to becoming a professional pharmacy technician today at Everest Institute in Miami, Fla. This eight-month course prepares you for entry-level pharmacy technician positions by exploring such topics as:
- Pharmacy of the Endocrine/Lymphatic Systems
- Aspects of Retail Pharmacy
- Pharmacology of the Nervous Systems
- Infection Control, Medication Errors and Alternative Medicine
- Pharmacology of the Urinary and Reproductive System
- Pharmacy Operations
- Pharmacology of the Reproductive System
- Circulatory and Skeletal System
Upon graduation, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department. There, Everest Career Services specialists can help you prepare a winning resume, select the right wardrobe, rehearse effective interviewing techniques and even identify pharmacy technician jobs opportunities in your area.
For more information on Everest Institute’s Pharmacy Technician career education program in Miami, contact Everest Institute today!
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.