(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Pharmacy Aide Jobs

Pharmacy Aide Job Description

Pharmacy Aides are responsible for storing merchandise, maintaining inventory, and recording drugs delivered to the pharmacy.

They key difference between pharmacy aides and pharmacy technicians is that aides are not allowed to dispense prescriptions. Instead, they spend most of their time operating cash registers and accepting prescription orders from customers.

Responsibilities for pharmacy aide jobs include:

  • Helping customers locate merchandise.
  • Maintaining a clean working environment.
  • Answering the telephone, and handing callers off to the pharmacist as necessary.
  • Processing insurance claims and calculating the co-payment required.
  • Unpacking and labeling received merchandise.

Work Environment and Schedule

Pharmacy aides normally work in drug stores, hospitals, department stores, and grocery stores. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, and may require pharmacy aides to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Pharmacy aides normally spend their entire shift standing on their feet behind a counter.

How to Become a Pharmacy Aide

A high school diploma is normally required, and most employers will train you on the job. Because pharmacy aides do not directly dispense medications, they are not subject to the same licensing rules that pharmacy technicians are.

Required Skills

Pharmacy aides should have excellent interpersonal skills, as the majority of their time will be spent interacting with customers. They should also be well-organized, with the ability to pay great attention to detail.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 50,800 pharmacy aides in the United States, with 2,230 new pharmacy aide job openings created each year.

Pharmacy Aide jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Pharmacy Aide Salaries

Overall Salaries

Pharmacy Aide salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most pharmacy aides make between $18,600 – $26,900 per year, or $8.95 – $12.95 per hour.