Pharmacy Tech Career.
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part time. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. A pharmacy technician is now required to complete a postsecondary education program and take certification examination offered by ASHP. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program. Hands Medical Career School prepares students for certification with ASHP required for employment.
Some subjects normally covered during training include:
Medical and pharmaceutical terminology.
Pharmacy record keeping.
Pharmacy law and ethics.
Medication names, uses and doses.
After training, most Pharmacy Technicians become nationally certified by passing an exam administered by one of two national certification boards. Certification is required in some states, but many employers will cover the cost of the exam.
Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook
Pharmacy Technician employment is expected to increase 25% by 2018, much faster than average for all occupations, according to the US Labor Bureau.
This increase is due to:
- New technology creating more available medical treatments
- A growing population of elderly consuming more medications
- A rapidly expanding health care industry in general.
Pharmacy Technicians held about 333,500 jobs last year, according to the US Labor Bureau. Most were in retail pharmacies, hospitals, or Internet pharmacies.
Top 5 highest-paying states for Pharmacy Technicians are Alaska $39,210, Washington, $37,290, California $37,280, Hawaii $34,920, and District of Columbia $34, 850. Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.