Pharmacy Technician Career Center
Get the information you need if you're thinking of a pharmacy technician career.
Prepare for a Pharmacy Technician Career
A pharmacy technician job involves helping a licensed pharmacist fill prescriptions. But a qualified pharmacy tech needs to know much more than how to count medication.
As the job description expands, career opportunities increase, and the outlook for employment as a pharmacy technician is very strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, with a large percentage of the population aging the field is expected to increase by 32 percent through 2020, which is much faster than average. This means that now is an excellent time to become a pharmacy technician. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Our Career Center will give you advice on how to become a pharmacy tech.
- Employers generally favor pharmacy technicians who have received certificates or associate's degrees from community or technical colleges. Most programs take less than a year to complete. Read more about pharmacy tech training and find the best pharmacy technician schools.
Graduates from formal training programs are prepared to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Read more about pharmacy technician certification.
- The need for pharmacy techs is increasing. Retailers are expanding their pharmaceutical services, and scientific advancements continue. Read more about your pharmacy technician career.
- Many pharmacy techs work in retail pharmacies. Others fill prescriptions in hospitals, work in wholesale and online pharmacies, or with government organizations. Read more about where pharmacy technicians work.
- While starting out can be a challenge, pharmacy tech salaries have excellent potential for growth as you gain experience. Read more about pharmacy technician salaries.
Randy Brown has over a decade of experience as a pharmacy tech. He gives you the everyday ins-and-outs of the job in our interview with a pharmacy technician.
Steps to a Pharmacy Technician Career
If you want to learn how to become a pharmacy technician, here is a simple outline of what it takes:
- Find a top pharmacy tech program. Nowadays you can study online or in a classroom. Review our list of pharmacy technician schools.
- Take the pharmacy technician certification exam. Exams are given in virtually every state. All you need to do is sign up.
- Interview for pharmacy tech jobs. Decide what is most important to you: salary, benefits, hours, location.
- Keep your certification current. After becoming a certified pharmacy tech, you must complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years. Employers will usually cover the cost of your continuing education.
Career and Education Guide
- Career Outlook Encouraging statistics on the future of the pharmacy technician profession.
- Salary Info What do pharmacy technicians earn? Find out here.
- Professional Interview First-hand information about working as a pharmacy technician.
- Training & Resources A list of important organizations for pharmacy technicians.
- Info for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy tech jobs are plentiful in Canada. Find out why.
- Choosing a School What you need to know about getting the best pharmacy technician training.
- Online Courses How an online pharmacy tech program works and what courses are offered.
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Employers want certified pharmacy techs. Learn how to get certified.