Hello everyone. First time poster here and I was hoping some folks would be able to help me better understand the field of pharmacy technicians as I am interested in possibly exploring it as a career choice.
Though I do understand that all states have different requirements, I am going to be moving soon back home to California. I have read that all you need to begin your career as a pharmacy tech in CA is to pass the PTCB exam and you can begin working immediately. I would like to confirm that is in fact correct and if doing so will only allow you to seek opportunities with retail pharmacies like CVS or with hospitals, as well?
Secondly, many posters have complained that many of the online schools tuition costs are very high and offer little in the way of gaining really anything. Most have said they have spent thousands of dollars and could have easily just studied for and taken the PTCB without the need to pay so much money and would have been able to begin working much faster. Just wondering if anyone had any comments about that and if any sort of formal education is really worth the time.
Third, and finally, I am curious as to many of the general differences between the retail and hospital settings. I have read many conflicting statements when it comes to salary potential. Some claim it's better in retail, other say hospitals. Personally, I would think that hospitals would offer their employees better pay and benefits, but perhaps not?
At least in my home county where I am moving back to soon, the field of pharmacy technicians is growing exceedingly fast with a very good average salary. I am very interested in reading what others have to say about what I've asked and please don't hesitate to add anything in case you think that I've overlooked some key question or piece of information, as I am still in the exploratory phase of my investigation.
Thank you very much.