WHAT DO PHARMACY CLERKS DO?
While the pharmacist is busy mixing medicines and measuring pills, pharmacy clerks work the registers at pharmacies, taking prescriptions for customers, handing completed orders to customers, recording shipments to the pharmacy and ringing up sales for customers. Pharmacy clerks make sure the pharmacy stays clean and organized, and that customers are happy and served in a quick manner.
HOW MUCH DO PHARMACY CLERKS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2010 median annual income for pharmacy clerks was $21,430, or $10.30 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
You can get started as a pharmacy clerk with a high school diploma or equivalent. Training is done on-the-job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: Pharmacy clerks work directly with customers in person and on the phone. Being friendly and approachable and willing to help are important to the job.
- Communication: Pharmacy clerks need to have great listening and speaking skills, as they are often the go-between for customers and pharmacists, relaying information between the two parties.
- Clerical Skills: Pharmacy clerks must restock supplies and keep accurate records of what materials are coming in and going out of the pharmacy. In addition, they use cash registers and must be quick and accurate.
- Math: Pharmacy clerks must use basic mathematics when taking inventory and ringing up customers.
CAREER PATHS FOR PHARMACY CLERKS
THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY CLERKS
As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be more need for pharmacy clerks. The BLS states that these jobs will increase by 29% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than average job growth.