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Career and Education Opportunities for Pharmacist's Aides in Santa Clara, California

If you want to be a pharmacist's aide, the Santa Clara, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 7,300 working pharmacist's aides in California; this should shrink by 7% to 6,800 working pharmacist's aides in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for pharmacist's aides are expected to shrink by about 6.3%. Pharmacist's aides generally record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs.

A person working as a pharmacist's aide can expect to earn about $10 hourly or $21,110 annually on average in California and about $9 per hour or $20,100 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Pharmacist's aides earn less than people working in the category of Pharmacy generally in California and less than people in the Pharmacy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: pharmacy helper, pharmacy aide, and drug clerk.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Santa Clara where you can study to be a pharmacist's aide, among thirty-five schools of higher education total in the Santa Clara area. Given that the most common education level for pharmacist's aides is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a pharmacist's aide if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Pharmacist's Aide

Pharmacist's Aide video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, pharmacist's aides record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. They also may operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

Pharmacist's aides answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacists when needed. They also maintain and clean apparatus, work areas and shelves. Equally important, pharmacist's aides have to greet customers and help them locate products. They are often called upon to accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing needed data. They are expected to execute clerical tasks such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription reports, and composing letters. Finally, pharmacist's aides receive, store and inventory pharmaceutical supplies, notifying pharmacists when levels are low.

Every day, pharmacist's aides are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for pharmacist's aides to ready prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer. They are often called upon to ready solid and liquid dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging. They also compound, package and label pharmaceutical products under direction of pharmacist. They are sometimes expected to furnish customers with data related to the uses and effects of drugs. Somewhat less frequently, pharmacist's aides are also expected to ready prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer.

They also have to be able to ready, maintain and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases and deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats and restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves. And finally, they sometimes have to deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences and clinics, using various means of transportation.

Like many other jobs, pharmacist's aides must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Pharmacist's Aide Training

Western Career College-San Jose - San Jose, CA

Western Career College-San Jose, 6201 San Ignacio, San Jose, CA 95119. Western Career College-San Jose is a small college located in San Jose, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 691 students and an admission rate of 100%. Western Career College-San Jose has an associate's degree program in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant which graduated twenty-three students in 2008.

Foothill College - Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Foothill College is a large college located in Los Altos Hills, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 19,837 students. Foothill College has an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant which graduated ten and zero students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, California photo by Coolcaesar

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 110,200, which has grown by 7.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Santa Clara, 158, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Santa Clara cost $196,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were constructed in Santa Clara, down from eighty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Santa Clara are computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 42.4% of Santa Clara residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara is 10.9%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Santa Clara residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Peace Lutheran Church, Good News Community Church and Universal Church of the Master are some of the churches located in Santa Clara. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

Santa Clara is home to the Santa Clara Unified School District Office and the Santa Clara Municipal Golf Course as well as Westwood Acres Park and Washington Park. Shopping centers in the area include Moonlite Shopping Center, Fairway Glen Shopping Center and Youth Shopping Center.