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Military Pharmacy Technicians

Military Career

General Information


Pharmacy technicians perform all functions related to preparing, controlling, and dispensing pharmaceutical products. They verify prescription orders for dosage and provide instructions to patients regarding medication and possible side effects. They perform administrative functions, safeguard and account for inventories, and submit required reports. They maintain pharmacy system databases and pharmacy reference files.

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Work Environment

Pharmacy technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. They may also work in field hospitals.

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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Pharmacy Technicians in the Military


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Salary Information

Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location. Learn more about Military benefits.

$28,953 - $216,217

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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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Pharmacy technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in pharmaceutical tasks, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Pharmacy laws and regulationsDrug types and usesMixing and dispensing drugs

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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


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

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