Pharmacy Technicians

General Information

Description

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit85.72%
  2. Private, not for profit8.63%
  3. Federal government2.37%
  4. State and local government1.87%
  5. Self-employed1.34%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 31,700 openings for pharmacy technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$35,100

Military salary*

$50,741

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State-by-state Salary

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$46,460
$28,850
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 41%
  • High school 35%
  • Some college 14%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Clerical
  • Mathematics
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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