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Pharmacy Technicians

Also called: Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech), Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech), Senior Pharmacy Technician

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Pharmacy Apprentice; Pharmacy Craftsman; Pharmacy Helper; Pharmacy Journeyman; Pharmacy Specialist; Pharmacy Superintendent

What they do:
Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
On the job, you would:
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Patient record maintenance software
  • Pharmaceutical software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Drug compatibility software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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