Pharmacy Technician Schools in Maine

Maine is located at the northeastern tip of the country, bordered on the north by Canada and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Maine is known for its forested interior, picturesque waterway, jagged coastline and rolling mountains. Tourism, hunting and recreation are major industries. Maine is famous for its seafood, particularly clams and lobsters, and also for its maple syrup, blueberries and dairy products. Dieters beware!

Duties of Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy techs perform many of the same tasks that licensed pharmacists do, though their duties can be limited by state regulations. They can assist in the preparation of pharmaceuticals, as long as they’re under the supervision of a pharmacist. Depending upon the needs of the particular pharmacy, the tasks of pharmacy techs who work in drug stores might include any of the following:

  • Waiting on pharmaceutical customers
  • Counting tablets and measuring amounts of other prescription medications
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Stocking shelves
  • Record-keeping
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Processing insurance claims
  • Answering the phone

For techs who work in hospitals, duties might include the following:

  • Compounding medications and ointments
  • Delivering medications to patients throughout the hospital
  • Filling prescriptions for patients
  • Maintaining pharmaceutical inventory
  • Preparing intravenous medications and other special medicines

Education

Pharmacy techs require much less education and training than professionals in most other health care industries. Many community colleges and technical schools offer programs for training pharmacy techs. Most of these programs take from six months to a year to complete, though some take longer. Many of these programs include hands-on experience in a pharmaceutical setting.

Work Environment and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor for 2010, nearly three-fourths of all pharmacy techs work in drug stores and other retail outlets, while just under one-fifth work in hospitals. The median pay for pharmacy technicians in the nation in 2010 was $28,400 per year or, for those working for hourly wages, $13.65 per hour.

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