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Details for Pharmacy Aides


Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.


  • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
  • Answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacist when necessary.
  • Prepare solid and liquid dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
  • Greet customers and help them locate merchandise.
  • Unpack, sort, count and label incoming merchandise, including items requiring special handling or refrigeration.
  • Prepare prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer.
  • Receive, store and inventory pharmaceutical supplies, notifying pharmacist when levels are low.
  • Operate cash register to process cash and credit sales.
  • Restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves.
  • Perform clerical tasks such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, and composing letters.
  • Maintain and clean equipment, work areas and shelves.
  • Provide customers with information about the uses and effects of drugs.
  • Prepare, maintain and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases and deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats.
  • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating co-payments.
  • Compound, package and label pharmaceutical products under direction of pharmacist.
  • Operate capsule and tablet counting machine that automatically distributes a certain number of capsules or tablets into smaller containers.
  • Calculate anticipated drug usage for a prescribed period.
  • Deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences and clinics, using various means of transportation.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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