Did you know the third Tuesday in October is National Pharmacy Technician Day? Today, we thank these hard workers for their care for patients and for their professional contributions to the healthcare sector.
This annual event is endorsed by the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. In their role, pharmacy technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist, and measure, mix, count out, label and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
This is a growing occupation in Austin’s healthcare sector. In 2014, there were 1,480 pharmacy technicians working here. By 2024, this occupation will grow to 1,920 openings. One of Austin’s new pharmacy technicians is Valerie Martinez, who began her healthcare career at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in May 2018. Read her story.
Interested in observing National Pharmacy Technician Day? You can download graphics and stickers at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board website. Have other ideas? Tell us in a comment below!