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Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

OaSIS code 33103.00

Pharmacy technical assistants perform technical tasks related to preparing medications under a pharmacist’s supervision. They also assist in filling prescriptions and managing patient files. Pharmacy assistants perform clerical functions and assists pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with drug dispensing tasks.

Overview

Also known as

  • Pharmacy aide
  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Pharmacy technical assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess prescriptions for completeness
  • Enter clients’ information and prescription details in databases
  • Help pharmacists and other pharmacy staff with preparing, packaging and labelling of pharmaceutical products
  • Assist in maintaining inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products
  • Compound oral solutions, ointments and creams
  • May process medical billing information
  • May price and stock items on shelves.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Pharmacy technicians (32124)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Sub-major group

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Minor group

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Unit group

33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

Occupational profile

33103.00 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

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
3 - Moderate Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
3 - Moderate Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
3 - Moderate Level
Analyzing Data or Information
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
1 - Very 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
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously

Workplaces/employers

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • 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
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Finger Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level
Near Vision
3 - Moderate Level
Speech Recognition
3 - Moderate Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
2 - Low Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level
Decision Making
2 - Low Level
Evaluation
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important