Learn what a pharmacy tech career has to offer!
Thinking about going back to training school for an exciting new career? The Harris School of Business’ Linwood, NJ campus offers four healthcare training programs that could put you on the path to success.
A popular area of study is the pharmacy technician training program. With so many pharmacies across the country, it’s no wonder pharmacy technician school is a popular choice. This career training program can give you the technical skills you need to work in any type of pharmacy such as an independent community pharmacy, a large chain pharmacy like Walgreens or CVS, or a hospital-based pharmacy.
Before you enter the career program, you’ll need to know what it’s like to work as a pharmacy technician. Here are 6 FAQs you should consider to decide if this career path is the right option for you.
Q #1: What do pharmacy technicians do?
A: Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in keeping a pharmacy running smoothly. They accurately prepare prescriptions by verifying information and dosage. In the pharmacy’s computer system, pharmacy techs also enter and maintain patient profiles and order information. Pharmacy technician professionals will prepare, process, and submit insurance claims and provide customer service. In their spare time, they will help organize supplies so everything is stored in the right place.
Q #2: Where do pharmacy technicians work?
A: You can expect most pharmacy technicians to work in retail pharmacies like the ones found in drug stores or grocery stores. However, they also work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities like outpatient clinics or mail order pharmacies. Most pharmacies are climate-controlled and well-lit so working environments are usually comfortable. However, you will be on your feet all day so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Q #3: What are the typical hours for a pharmacy technicians?
A: Pharmacy technicians can work either part-time or full-time. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours so working night and weekend shifts may be required. If you don’t like working evenings or nights, then see if pharmacies in your area hire separate pharmacy technicians for day and night shifts.
Q #4: What is the job outlook like for pharmacy technician careers?
A: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the expected job growth for pharmacy technicians is positive. The career field is expected to grow by 9% from 2014-2024, which is slightly higher than the average expected growth rate for all other careers.
Q #5: How much do pharmacy technicians earn?
A: The amount pharmacy technicians earn varies. You can get an estimate of what a pharmacy technician makes by searching jobs on career sites like Monster or Indeed. The Occupational Outlook Handbook’s Pay for Pharmacy Technicians page gives a median range as of May 2015. (The median wage means that half the workers in an occupation earned more and the other half earned less than the figure shown.) Annual wages may also vary by work location.
Q #6: Is being a pharmacy technician a rewarding career?
A: A pharmacy technician may be a rewarding career path if you like interacting with others on a daily basis. You may take pride in giving your customers the medications they need or helping them with questions they may have. Many pharmacy technicians take pride in assisting pharmacists and learning about the field of pharmacology.
If pharmacy technician training seems like a desirable career path, then consider applying to the Harris School’s Linwood campus. You could enter a fast-paced field where you have to be at-the-ready to help customers and make sure they get their needed prescriptions in a timely manner.
We hope these FAQ’s help you decide if the pharmacy tech path is right for you.