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Pharmacy technicians

OaSIS code 32124.00

Pharmacy technicians perform technical functions relating to prescriptions including gathering patients’ information, product preparation, product distribution and inventory control. Pharmacy technicians who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Overview

Also known as

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy technician supervisor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist pharmacists to maintain inventories of medications and prescription records of pharmaceutical products
  • Assess prescriptions for completeness and ensure information is accurate
  • Gather and enter client information in databases and prepare medications for clients in collaboration with pharmacists
  • Compound pharmaceutical products such as intravenous injections, oral solutions, ointments and creams
  • Process payment of prescriptions and other pharmacy services including direct billing to third party insurers
  • Provide instructions on how to use health aids, and medical devices such as drug administration devices and monitoring devices
  • May help with scheduling and workflow.

Additional information

  • Pharmacy technicians may progress to supervisory positions with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants (33103)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3212 – Medical technologists and technicians

Unit group

32124 – Pharmacy technicians

Occupational profile

32124.00 – Pharmacy technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
3 - Moderate Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Retail pharmacies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level
Finger Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Numeracy
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important