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Pharmacy Clerk

Pharmacy Clerk standing behind the pharmacy counter.
Becoming a Pharmacy Clerk
Pharmacy Clerk is a dual-purpose course. First, it serves as an introduction to Pharmacy Technician and provides the foundation for most careers in Pharmacology. Secondly, students who complete Pharmacy Clerk will acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary to be employed as a Pharmacy Assistant clerk. Students will be introduced to the roles, responsibilities, and educational requirements for a career in pharmacology. Students will acquire basic knowledge in HIPAA regulations, infection control, medical terminology, and diseases as it relates to pharmacology. A primary role of a pharmacy clerk is to communicate with healthcare providers, pharmacists, and the customer. Students will develop appropriate communication and customer service skills. In addition, students will use appropriate technology and apply mathematical reasoning in performing daily tasks. 
Why a Pharmacy Clerk?
Pharmacy clerks, or pharmacy assistants, are often employed in hospitals or pharmacies. Pharmacy clerks frequently work as cashiers and process payments from customers purchasing both prescribed and non-prescribed medications. Pharmacy clerks often answer the phones and other clerical duties.
Duties typically include the following:
  •       Assisting  customers on the selection, price, and usage of non-prescription medicines
  •       Selling goods such as non-prescription drugs, first aid supplies, toiletries and cosmetics,
  •       Accepting payment for goods and services
  •       Assisting with stock and product inventories 

Career Outlook

High employment growth is expected for Pharmacy Clerks. Job opportunities should result from the expansion of retail pharmacies and other employment settings, as well as the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger, older population.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Certification: Pharmacy Technician
Doctoral or Professional Degree:  Pharmacist

Similar Job Titles

  •       Front Counter Clerk
  •       Pharmacist Assistant
  •       Pharmacy Aide
  •       Pharmacy Cashier
  •       Prescription Clerk
Sample Salaries for Pharmacy Clerks by Industry*
General Merchandise Stores      $16.60
General Medical Hospitals         $17.40
Offices of Physicians                  $22.91 

*Source:  Employment Development Department 


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