San Antonio is an allergy capital

San Antonio is one of the nation’s most challenging places to live for those who suffer from allergies.

That’s according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which has published a Spring Allergy Capitals report, which identifies the 100 “most challenging” U.S. cities to live in with spring allergies. The scientific analysis is based on factors including: prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine utilization per patient, and the number of board certified allergists.

Top ten most challenging cities to live with spring allergies are:

1.       Knoxville, TN

2.       McAllen, TX

3.       Louisville, KY

4.       Jackson, MS

5.       Wichita, KS

6.       Oklahoma City, OK

7.      Chattanooga, TN

8.       Memphis, TN

9.       San Antonio, TX

10.   Dayton, OH

Millions of Americans make regular trips to the pharmacy each spring as allergy season hits most of the nation, and thousands have to address their allergy problems year round. One of the results of an increase in allergy treatments is the increased demand for pharmacy technicians who work to complete medication orders for allergy treatments.

Almost all regions of the country experience rises in types of allergies in the spring season but some cities have a more challenging time than others.

For some people the only experience they have with a pharmacy is filling a prescription for allergy medication. Pharmacy technicians play an important role in pharmacies – year round – as they perform duties such as taking prescription orders and filling them.

The Healthcare Institute’s pharmacy technician training program prepares students with the skills they need to become a reliable member of a pharmacy healthcare team. In addition to providing valuable technical and clerical support to pharmacists, a pharmacy technician mixes, re-packages, labels and delivers drugs to patients. Students may also maintain computer files dealing with patients and their medications.

If you are interested in a healthcare career, but do not wish to complete several years of expensive training, then becoming a pharmacy technician could be the right path for you. The level of required training for pharmacy technicians varies from state to state, but employers are constantly looking for professionally trained workers and those that have received training from a respected school, such as The Healthcare Institute, are often at the front of the line for the best pharmacy tech jobs.

Most states require pharmacy technicians to be registered with the state board of pharmacy and some states require certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) administer national certification examinations.

Certification is always a great way to improve one’s chance at securing employment and The Healthcare Institute offers one of the best programs to not only prepare students for this growing career field, but also prepare them for certification and licensure.

In addition to having professional training in the areas of prescriptions and pharmaceuticals, pharmacy technicians are required to practice good customer service and communication skills because pharmacy technicians interact with patients, coworkers, and healthcare professionals. Basic mathematics, spelling, and reading skills also are important, as technicians must interpret prescription orders and verify drug doses. Technicians also must be precise because the details of the job are sometimes a matter of life and death.

If this is a professional you are considering entering then beginning at The Healthcare Institute would be your best first step. The Healthcare Institute offers pharmacy technician training that prepares you with the skills you need to become a reliable member of a pharmacy health care team. In less than a year, you could be out of our Pharmacy Technician training school and into a stable career you’ve always wanted.

The rise in allergy issues, which is prevalent in San Antonio and across Texas, keeps pharmacy technicians busy. The list of medications that help those who suffer from allergies continues to grow and that means more patients will be turning to the pharmacy in the coming years.

With this growth, the demand for pharmacy technicians could rise, which makes now a great time to consider a new career as a pharmacy tech. With training from The Healthcare Institute, you could be well on your way to a long-term career in the healthcare field.

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