Pharmacist Assistants


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Pharmacist Assistants

Pharmacist Assistants - Physical Demands

Pharmacy technicians frequently:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.

It is important for pharmacy technicians to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
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  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for pharmacy technicians to be able to:

  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
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  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • Move arms and legs quickly.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.