Pharmacy Aides
SOC: 31-9095.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
41,500 employed

Projected (2024):
41,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Ancillary
  • Certified Pharmacist Assistant
  • Dispensary Attendant
  • Drug Clerk
  • Drug Purchaser
  • Front Counter Clerk
  • Pharmacist Aide
  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Pharmacist Helper
  • Pharmacist's Aide
  • Pharmacy Aide
  • Pharmacy Ancillary
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Cashier
  • Pharmacy Clerk
  • Pharmacy Helper
  • Prescription Clerk


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
  • Answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacist when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Operate cash register to process cash or credit sales.
  • Restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves.
  • Perform clerical tasks, such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, or composing letters.
  • Maintain and clean equipment, work areas, or shelves.
  • Prepare, maintain, and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases, or deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats.
  • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating copayments.
  • Compound, package, and label pharmaceutical products, under direction of pharmacist.
  • Operate capsule or 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, or clinics, using various means of transportation.
  • Receive, store, and inventory pharmaceutical supplies or medications, check for out-dated medications, and notify pharmacist when inventory levels are low.
  • Provide customers with information about the uses, effects, or interactions of drugs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic unit dose strip packaging machines
  • Capsule counting machines
  • Cash registers
  • Credit card processing machines
  • Desktop computers
  • HEPA filtered biosafety cabinets
  • Label printing machines
  • Laboratory blending or mixing equipment
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Laser printers
  • Liquid dose packaging machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Solid unit dose packaging machines
  • Tablet counting machines
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare support


    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520