Pharmacy Technicians

 

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Quick Facts: Pharmacy Technicians
2016 Median Pay $30,920 per year
$14.86 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2014 372,500
Job Outlook, 2014-24 9% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 34,700

 

What Pharmacy Technicians Do

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.

Work Environment

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.

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically learn through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.

For more information about accredited pharmacy technician programs, visit

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

For more information about state licensure laws, contact individual state Boards of Pharmacy, or visit

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

For more information about certification, visit

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

National Healthcareer Association

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