Pharmacy Technician - Job Outlook

Job Availability and Market Outlook:

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018—much faster than the average. Rising demand for pharmacy techs is due to several factors: the aging population, who use more prescription drugs; new drug discoveries meaning more drugs in use; and budget-cutting by pharmacies, which use techs to perform routine tasks otherwise done by pharmacists and aides.

Starting Salary:

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly earnings for a pharmacy technicians was $11.37 in 2004. This amount can vary based upon where you live, the hours and days you work, which type of pharmacy you work.

Potential Employers for Program Graduates:

Retail

There are many pharmacy technician jobs available in retail pharmacies such as the ones you find in your local grocery or drug store. Working for a large retail chain often provides some of the following employee benefits:

  • Working regular steady hours
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Promotion opportunities

Mail Order

Mail order pharmacies are a rapidly growing business, primarily because of lower operating costs and the ability to service a wider range of customers than local retail pharmacies. For the pharmacy technician, this translates into good pay, benefits and the possibility of a flexible work schedule.
The duties of a pharmacy technician working in a mail order facility include:

  • Receiving mail order prescriptions
  • Accurately reading prescriptions
  • Determining if they are complete
  • Counting the medication
  • Labeling the prescriptions

Hospitals and Nursing Facilities

In hospitals and nursing facilities, the pharmacy technician jobs involve patient care. Pharmacy technicians in health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, often fill prescriptions for patients and deliver them on a daily basis. They also record their dosages on the patient's chart.

 
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