Pharmacy Technicians

What Does a Pharmacy Tech Do?

A pharmacy tech helps a pharmacist with a number of different tasks, but mainly with dispensing medications to patients. The specific tasks a pharmacy tech may be asked to do include:

  1. Fill medications for patients
  2. Give information to patients about medications
  3. Help with administrative tasks at the pharmacy
  4. Communicate with doctors offices and other health organizations
  5. Assist with insurance issues
  6. Assist with record keeping needs

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What is the Salary?

Salary Estimates

Median Salary

$32,700
$19,620
$32,700
$52,320

How much a pharmacy tech can earn is dependent on many factors including, credentials, experience, type of facility, and part of the country. That said, their salary typically ranges anywhere from $20,000 to $55,000.

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Employment 2018

420,400

Employment 2028

451,900

Change

8%

Self-Employed

0%

According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics a Pharmacy Tech can work in a few different pharmacy oriented environments. Those include standalone pharmacies, drug stores, grocery stores, and hospitals. Pretty much anywhere you might find a pharmacy, you may be able to find a job as a pharmacy technician.

What Education and Experience is Needed?

Education Level

High school diploma or equivalent

Related work experience

On-the-job training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

One of the enticing parts of becoming a pharmacy tech is that you don’t necessarily need any other education than a high school diploma. While that is the minimum requirement, most pharmacy techs complete PTCB certification programs and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam or other exams as required by their state.

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