Great Pharmacy Technician Jobs

Pharmacy technician jobs include working in retail pharmacies and hospitals under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. An aging population, higher rates of chronic disease, advances in pharmaceutical research, and greater access to insurance coverage means more pharmacy technicians will be needed to handle prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts an increase of over 34,700 pharmacy technician jobs through 2024. That's a projected increase of 9%—faster than average for all occupations! Employers appreciate pharmacy technicians who can take on a greater role in pharmacy operations, since pharmacists are increasingly needed to perform more patient care activities, such as administering flu shots. Technicians who are able to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians will be especially sought after.

In particular demand are pharmacy technicians who can prepare a greater variety of medications, including intravenous medications, within a hospital setting. These technicians may make rounds in hospitals and administer medications directly to patients. Training in sterile compounding and hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapy drugs, is essential for technicians working within the hospital environment.

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  • The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts 34,700 new pharmacy technician jobs through 2024.

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians (January 18, 2016).