Pharmacist Assistants

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Pharmacist Assistants

Pharmacist Assistants - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, pharmacy technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They constantly interact with customers and patients.
  • Communicate with coworkers, patients, and customers daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of patients.
  • Often deal with conflict situations in which others may be unpleasant, angry, or discourteous.
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  • Work in a group or as part of a team and are responsible for the results of other workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Work in close proximity to others, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
  • Often work in an environment that is noisy.
  • Are sometimes exposed to diseases, infections, and contaminants.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could cause serious health problems for patients.
  • Repeat the same tasks over and over, such as verifying information.
  • Are able to set some tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Frequently make decisions that impact their reputation and patients. They usually consult a supervisor before making decisions.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere and meet daily deadlines.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • May work part time or full time, but most work 40 hours a week.
  • May work evenings, nights, weekends, and some holidays.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.