Pharmacy Technician Profession
Why become a pharmacy technician?
Pharmacy technicians are the cornerstone of a pharmacy's clinical and operational roles. Pharmacy technicians are currently in high demand, and this demand is expected to continue. As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role and need for pharmacy technicians will also grow. The employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assisting with tasks that do not require professional judgment.
Job prospects are excellent for Pharmacy Technicians, particularly those with formal training and those with experience in hospital settings.
|Summary Facts: Pharmacy Technician|
|2020 Median Pay||$35,100 per year
$16.87 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, 2019||422,300|
|Job Outlook, 2019-29||4% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2019-29||15,200|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited June 13th, 2021).
How to become a pharmacy technician?
See the below table for the requirement to obtain state pharmacy technician registration.
|District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy||
|Florida Board of Pharmacy||
|Maryland Board of Pharmacy||
In addition to state registration, many employers may require pharmacy technicians to obtain national certification.
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) develops, maintains, and administers a nationally accredited certification program, known as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Being nationally certified grant recognition to an individual who has attained the necessary level of knowledge, skill, and/or experience across pharmacy settings.
- Initial certification requires an individual to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (cost is $129 dollars).
- Renewal is done every 2 years, requires the completion of a minimum of 20 hours of CE during the 2 year recertification period.