Summary Pharmacy Technical Assistant near Saanich (BC)
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "pharmacy technical assistant" was moved from the group Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) (NOC 3219) to the group Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants (NOC 33103).
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Note that some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the NOC.
Pharmacy technical assistants perform technical tasks related to preparing medications under a pharmacist’s supervision. They also assist in filling prescriptions and managing patient files. Pharmacy assistants perform clerical functions and assists pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with drug dispensing tasks. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants are employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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Post-secondary or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or more than 6 months of on-the-job training.
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Median wage in the Vancouver Island and Coast Region
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The job prospects are fair in the Vancouver Island and Coast Region
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advertised in British Columbia
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