pharmacyConsidering a Career as a Pharmacy Technician?

Considering an occupation as a pharmacy technician in the Allied Health field? Good! Being a pharmacy technician allows individuals to enter into a constantly evolving industry that pays well and is expected to rapidly grow in career prospects from 2012-2022. Learn everything you need to know about the logistical aspects of being a pharmacy technician and the benefits it has to offer you. For more information on any particular topic, visit the helpful references listed below.

An Average Day in the Shoes of a Pharmacy Technician

Every day, pharmacy technicians can be found doing a multitude of different tasks that involve customer relations, laboratory duties, and the filling, labeling, and ordering of prescriptions. Some of these task and assignments include:

  • Taking customers and health professionals information need to fill prescriptions
  • Measuring amounts of medication for prescriptions
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Organizing inventory and alerting pharmacists to shortages of medications or supplies
  • Checking and approving payment for prescriptions and processing insurance claims
  • Entering customer or patient information into a computer system
  • Answering phone calls 

Salary Information

As of May 2012, the median wage for all pharmacy technicians ranged from 29K to 34K ($14 – $16 an hour) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The starting salary of an individual with a high school diploma or equivalent and no previous experience is around 20K ($9.80 an hour). With more education, training, and experience, pharmacy technicians have the potential to quickly advance and receive up to 43K or more a year in some states.

Education & Advancement

Most individuals who become pharmacy technicians entered their occupation with only a high school diploma and no previous experience. It isn’t hard to imagine how far a year or two of training and education can go when it comes to increasing your job prospects and opportunities in the Allied Health field. In fact, a new graduate will start out at $9.80 per hour while those with more than 20 years of experience can expect hourly salary of $20 or more per hour.

While most individuals learn through onsite experience, you can gain priceless knowledge and experience equivalent to that of onsite involvement through CIDMA’s affordable pharmacy technician training program. Become certified as a pharmacy technician through CIDMA’s training programs and better your life and improve your future.

Job Opportunity Analysis

All research sources and studies agree that employment is projected to increase much faster than the average occupation. From 2012-2022, the need for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by over 20% resulting in a demand for another 70,700 pharmacy technicians by 2022.

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