Five Reasons to Become a Pharmacy Technician

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Are you thinking about a new career? Does a career in the field of healthcare and allied health interest you? If so, you might want to become a pharmacy technician. Many people are choosing this career for a number of great reasons. Consider these benefits:

1. The job outlook is positive.
If you are starting a career in a new field, it is a good idea to do some research on the job outlook for the future. The job outlook for Pharmacy Techs is strong, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor. The handbook states:

“Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Also, the number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription drugs than younger people.”

2. You can become a Pharmacy Technician in less than one year.
To get started in this field, most people choose to get formal training. Many career schools offer a program that can be completed in less than one year. Often times the programs include an externship where the student is placed in a work setting in order to obtain hands-on real-world experience. Just think, in less than a year, you could be on your way to a new career.

What do you learn in your program? You will learn such topics as anatomy and physiology, principles of drug action, the major categories of drugs, and the most commonly prescribed medications. The courses will prepare you for the responsibilities that you will face on the job, such as receiving prescription requests, measuring medications, labeling containers properly, and preparing insurance forms.

3. Job opportunities are at convenient locations.
There are several pharmacies in nearly every community, whether they are located in a drug store, grocery store, retail store, or in a hospital. Finding job opportunities in or near your own community can be one of the attractive benefits to someone interested in this career. Working hours tend to be daytime hours, with some evening and weekend work required.  While most technicians are full-time positions, there are also part-time positions available.

4. Pleasant working conditions
If you have ever worked in a cold warehouse or in an outdoor job, you probably understand how negative working conditions can make a big difference in your job satisfaction. Many people who choose this career field like their job setting because pharmacies are in clean, well-lit, climate-controlled buildings where the professional atmosphere is courteous and respectful. If work setting is an important consideration for you, then this career field could be a good possibility.

5. Making a difference.
In this time when our elderly population is growing and people are living to an older age, more and more people need pharmaceuticals to keep them healthy. In this career field, you will know that you are directly helping people get the medication they need. Sometimes knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others can bring great job satisfaction.

Do these benefits sound good to you? If so, you might want to get started. At the Harris School of Business, we offer a Pharmacy Technician training program at our Linwood, NJ campus. To find out more about this program, call Harris at 1.800.510.7920. Our representatives can talk with you about this program, as well as our other career-focused programs.