Pharmacy technicians handle many of the day-to-day tasks of filling prescriptions and maintaining a clean, safe, and efficient pharmacy. Job duties may include:
Keeping drugs properly stored
Verifying information on prescriptions
Filling prescription bottles
Answering basic questions from customers
Helping customers locate items
Filing filled prescriptions
Retrieving filled prescriptions for customer pick-up
Receiving incoming supplies and verifying quantities
Mixing intravenous solutions under pharmacist supervision
Processing medical insurance forms
Stocking items in the pharmacy
Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They may work in hospitals, drug stores, or clinics. Some pharmacy technicians also work for mail-order companies and fill orders but do not interact directly with patients.
Pharmacy Technician Job Education Requirements
There are no certification requirements for pharmacy technicians in Canada, but most employers prefer to hire workers who have passed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) certification exam. Eligibility criteria for the evaluating exam include at least 2,000 hours of work or teaching experience in the last three years. You can skip the evaluating exam and proceed directly to the qualifying examinations if you have completed a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Program (CCAPP), completed an accredited pharmacist degree program, or taken another qualifying examination.
Pharmacy Technician Job Market
The job outlook for health technicians, such as pharmacy technicians, is moderate in most areas. Job growth is particularly strong in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon. The outlook is fair in Ontario. Though expected job growth is strong, there are also high levels of unemployment in this occupation.
Pharmacy Technician Job Salary Information
Pharmacy technicians fall under the employment category of other assisting occupations in support of health services. The median hourly wage for these occupations is C$17.25 in Canada. On average, wages range from a high of C$26 to a low of C$11.88.