Pharmacy Aide

Perform administrative tasks at a pharmacy.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pharmacy Aides do?

As a Pharmacy Aide, you help the pharmacy run smoothly by performing clerical and customer service duties. This makes you responsible for many of the administrative duties behind the counter but, unlike Pharmacy Technicians, you won’t have to fill the prescriptions or prepare the medications.

This is an important job, especially to the patients and the Pharmacist you are assisting. One of the your biggest responsibilities will be taking notes of a patient’s medical history, drug allergies and current medications to assist the Pharmacists in making sure there are no negative drug interactions. Other duties may include accepting payments, maintaining customer records and charts, stocking shelves, and tidying up the pharmacy and reception area.

You may also need to deal with insurance companies and sometimes file insurance claims. Because these tasks deal with a lot of paperwork, good organizational, clerical and customer service skills will shine in this profession. Basic computer skills are also useful.

As with most fields in the medical profession, demand for pharmacy help is high, including the need for Pharmacy Aides. The majority of these positions are with retail pharmacy chains like Walgreens or CVS, but some Pharmacy Aides work in hospitals and nursing home environments. Either way, this position is often a stepping stone to becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Should I be a Pharmacy Aide?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Ancillary, Ocular Care Aide, Ophthalmic Aide, Optometric Aide, Pharmacist Aide, Pharmacist Helper, Pharmacist's Aide See More

    How to become a Pharmacy Aide

    Most Pharmacy Aides have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9safaa&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||bachelor%27s+%286%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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