CAREER OUTLOOK FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS
A Pharmacy Technician is an individual who, under the supervision of a pharmacist, assists in the performance of activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist. They assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing healthcare to patients.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for pharmacy technicians will grow by 7% from 2018 to 2028, adding roughly 31,500 jobs across the country. This is much faster than the national average for all occupations. As the population ages, more people will need prescription drugs.
Additionally, pharmacists have begun taking on new tasks such as administering flu shots which means that pharmacy technicians will need to perform more tasks preparing medications and taking patient information. The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $32,700 in May 2018.
Technicians work in a variety of settings, that include pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, retail stores and mail-order pharmacies. They are responsible for receiving and filling prescriptions under the supervision of licensed pharmacists as well as performing duties such as maintaining patient profiles, answering phones and working the register. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills for an entry level position and prepare you to pass the national certification exam
• High school diploma or G.E.D
• Adequate knowledge of 9th and 10th grade math (algebra)
• No prior criminal record, 18 years old (check your state for exceptions)