Pharmaceutical Operator

Control equipment and tend machines to produce pharmaceutical products.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pharmaceutical Operators do?

Controls equipment and tends machines to produce variety of pharmaceutical and toilet products or ingredients, performing any combination of following duties: Weighs and measures out coating ingredients and coats medicinal tablets [COATER 554.382-010]. Tends mixing machine and heated kettles to prepare specified ingredients for ointments, creams, liquid medications, powders, gums, and similar drug products, adding ingredients according to formulas [COMPOUNDER 550.685-046]. Tends milling and grinding machines that reduce mixtures to designated sized particles, or grinds materials with mortar and pestle. Prepares granulated products [GRANULATOR-MACHINE OPERATOR 559.382-026]. Tends filter presses, sifting machines, autoclaves, water stills, and related equipment to prepare ingredients for further processing. Operates machine to compress ingredients into tablets [COMPRESSOR 556.682-022]. Inspects, weighs, and tests hardness of tablets [TABLET TESTER 559.667-010]. May be designated according to substance prepared as Liquid Compounder.

Should I be a Pharmaceutical Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Pharmaceutical Operator

    Pharmaceutical Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pharmaceutical Operator-related education!
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