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JenSpencer in Fort Collins, Colorado

44 months ago

hqa035 in San Antonio, Texas said: Hey
I'm a senior in my undergrad in neurobio. and was woundering if anyone would think working as a cert. pharm tech would give me some good experience and help me understand pharmacology, due to the fact that i would like to go to grad school for pharmacology, and other than school lab classes i dont have any experience working in a lab-like enviornment??
thanks for any response

Possibly working in a hospital as a Pharmacy Tech may help out. Might want to contact local hospitals to see if they have open positions, or possibly an internship.

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brian in Houston, Texas

44 months ago

I completely agree with u I have been a licensed pharmacy technician since 04 and have been looked over for every job i apply for. Everyone wants you to have experience but noone is willing to take a chance on you to provide you with the experience you need.I really think this was a waste of time and I was hoping when I did my intern at the hospital i should b makinglike 18 to 20 dollars by now and have 7 yrs experience

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Lisa in Louisville, Kentucky

42 months ago

I would like to comment as a tech who does't work retail. This is not what the hospital technician does. I've been in the field for 12 years and i make around 18 an hour. The work is better, pay is better, and no patient contact in hospitals. I hate that you're painting the entire field based off of what was obviously a bad retail experience.

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E in Norristown, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

hqa035 in San Antonio, Texas said: Hey
I'm a senior in my undergrad in neurobio. and was woundering if anyone would think working as a cert. pharm tech would give me some good experience and help me understand pharmacology, due to the fact that i would like to go to grad school for pharmacology, and other than school lab classes i dont have any experience working in a lab-like enviornment??
thanks for any response

It only helps a little on being familiar with drugs nothing else. And most pharmacists don't have the time to teach techs. And others don't want to teach techs.

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Connie28 in Summerfield, Florida

40 months ago

notalldoomandgloom in Mission Viejo, California said: I think brown_dude34 is painting a worst-case scenario. You have to remember, in some states it's mandatory to become certified in order to go to work, so getting certified is not necessairily a waste of time. Also, not all parts of the country pay the same for the same type of job. Here in California, according to salary.com, most level I pharmacy technicians make a median income of about $33,000.00 a year.

I think it most cases, it is what you make of it. brown_dude34 doesn't sound happy at all, others might be perfectly happy. Possibly a housewife who needs to enter the workforce because it's too hard to live on one income, could find a job as a pharmacy technician part time, afternoons or evenings so that hubby could stay home with the kids, and she can bring in some extra income. BLS indicates the job growth will be strong, you can't say it will be bad in all areas.

I'm sure schooling can be found for less than $3500. I've seen schooling that will prepare you for the PTCE and give you exam prep for less than $900.

You'll get what you look for, guys.

You are right! He does sound unhappy and grumpy!! I am starting school in 1 week and it is only $2900 for everything! That is with going to University of Florida!(Gators) There are 3 opening right now at the hospitals for this position! Hospitals pay more then your retail pharmacies.

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SCHULTZ1 in Fullerton, California

39 months ago

I have been a Pharmacy Tech for 12 years and was laid off a year ago and still am
unable to find job. What I find in my area is there is to many Pharmacy Technician grads and not enough jobs to meet the demand of technicians. If I was anyone considering going to school for this I would probably reconsider at this time.

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financially frustrated in Deltona, Florida

39 months ago

I have worked for CVS for going on 2 years now after completing the pharmacy technician training program through University of Florida. I am not nationally certified but am barely making 10 an hour. I feel like I was mislead as well. They tell you that pharmacy techs make 30,000-35,000 per year. That is far from the truth. I work as many hours as I possibly can and still barely make it check to check. I am a single mom who was trying to find a career to support my family. Impossible. I am planning on continuing my education to become a pharmacist. It's sad when you have gone to school for a career that leaves you having to collect food stamps just to feed your family. :( If I had known how lousy the pay, I would have chose radiology or respiratory therapist. Good luck and just don't get you hopes too high.

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Iris in Liberal, Kansas

38 months ago

As of now, I'm studying to be a Pharmacy Tech so I can later be a Pharmacist. It's true. This job isn't really for those who are not going into the Pharmacy field but it's very great to have if you plan on pursuing the Pharmacy field.

So IMO, I would recommend studying to be PT if you are thinking of being a Pharmacist later down the line.

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starving

38 months ago

Or become a tech so you can realize how messed up the pharmacy is and not spend time and money to become something you may hate

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Abby Normal in Jackson, Tennessee

38 months ago

WHALEA in Daytona Beach, Florida said: I am thinking of attempting the pharmacy tech course however my math is poor is there a possibility I could still pass

ANYONE and I repeat ANYONE ....can pass the CPHT board. It is merely a money making operation to collect fees. The state board is extremely difficult, but I don't think I have ever met anyone that actually failed it. I find that strange. For example. We had a girl with no pharmacy experience other than checking in our daily stock order for 3 months and no training, or math skills to take it. She literally guessed every multiple question answer. Another girl that passed, 7 years later, still can not compute that 30 mls equals 1 ounce, 60 mls equals 2 ounces without asking someone or grabbing a calculator. We host students from a local "tech" training school. The director boasts that they have never had a a single student fail the CPHT board. I'm sorry, but in ANY profession or school that is legitimate a certain percentage of people FAIL. The whole CPHT thing is a crock. I'm one, it hasn't gotten me anywhere, I never got any raise or benefits. It's just a stupid regulation to cover a a lazy pharmacists behind in case he gets in trouble for not doing his job.

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grego in Monterey Park, California

37 months ago

I agree and 90% of the questions are irrelevant to your job function.
And for numbers I have had my license since 2000 and cannot find a job because here in Los Angeles they want you to know another language other than english, in other words to me English is the foreign language. Then these employers state they are an EOE employer. Then when I have gone on interviews they ask how comree you are not working currently as a pharm tech? My last job was dispensing for a pharmaceutical company. I tell them there are rarely any opportunities and I have to survive - a job is better than no job. I am still trying and even trying to get a job at a burger chain In N Out where my neighbors daughter makes 32,000 slicing onions. The pharm tech schools have saturated the market and lie about everything and before they really had job placement, now it is called job assistance, which they do nothing for you.

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janna rageworth in Baltimore, Maryland

37 months ago

the heck i started off at walmart certified and state registered at $9.70 but i had no experience...i do more work in 3 hours than my idiot lazy coworkers do in a whole day and they get paid 50% more because they been there longer so they think they can beat the system by slacking off which makes me rage so hard. always gotta make up for their junk

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cortny7 in Jacksonville, Illinois

37 months ago

Wow, I was a little surprised when I randomly came across this post... @brown_dude34 what you are describing is a standard "retail" pharmacy technician position. One where almost any average Joe can walk in off the street, apply for a PT license and get hired. Which is very scary if you ask me! You never know who could be dealing with your meds. And the big chain pharmacies choose to go with tech's at this level unfortunately, because they DON'T have to pay them as much. A CPhT's job entails SO MUCH more than this!!! In the hospital we make IV's, in specialized pharmacies we compound special prescriptions, in nuclear pharmacy we make radioactive dyes. CPhT's can work as a third-party auditor for insurance companies, a billing specialist, or even in a pharmaceutical company, aiding in the production of new medication. And the pharmacy community is pushing for more and more legislation on techs becoming certified and giving us even more responsibility. All a pharmacist does is check our work and screen patient profiles, we do the fun stuff!! Techs deal with angry, sick people every day, it's part of the job. We do it because we have empathy for our patients and want to help them feel better. If the only thing you care about is money you are in the wrong field my friend! Though I might add that I know a woman who has been a tech at one of the local hospital's who makes almost $40 an hour - there is no salary cap on technician's. You are paid based upon your abilities. If you have no experience, you start entry-level. Regardless, I LOVE what I do, wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!!! It's a great feeling to go to work every day and to know that you helped someone.

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grego91754@yahoo.com in Monterey Park, California

37 months ago

In california you cannot just apply for a pharmacy tech license, you have to pay for a 6 month course at a vocational school. These schools have flooded the market. To most pharmacies or pharmacists all they care about if you have your state license and if you are expecting to make more money because you are national certified that make take you out of the hiring pool. The pharmacists I have worked for could care less if you are national certified - what matters if you can count pills and know trade & generic drugs. You do not need a pharmacy technician license to work or dispense for a pharmaceutical company. I have worked for a pharmaceutical company and they do not pay or recognize your license. True you never know who is handling the meds - most people just getting in the field do not realize how dangerous these pills can be. Thousands of people die every year because of medication side effects. Sure it's a great feeling knowing you are a link in the chain that may contribute to one's well being, but have you ever got news from someone's daughter who came in and said their mother has died of kidney failure and your pharmacy has been filling her valium prescription for 3 past 3 years? Or Mr Smith has had a stroke and you have been filling his naproxen 500mg BID for the past 5 years? Being a link in someone's death - not fun to hear? Or Mr jones is in rehab for his hydrocodone addiction, or Tina has just committed suicide and has been taking PAXIL for years? I have heard these stories.

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cortny7 in Jacksonville, Illinois

37 months ago

I'm glad to hear that California is one of the state's that requires some type of formal training. In Illinois, all you have to have is a high school diploma and no felonies. You do, however, have to passed the Certification test within 2 years of your license application date. The problem we have seen arise here is that a lot of the tech's that are getting to the end of their 2 years and take test and fail it because they have not been educated. And I agree that these schools have popped up everywhere, the trick is finding a school that has some kind of accreditation standards. The ASHP has a list of schools broken down by state and so the the PTCB, the NPTA, and just about every other professional pharmacy organization. I can assure you that you will not about allowed to step foot into an IV room here without knowledge of pharmacy-specific Calculations and aseptic technique. To be a Pharmaceutical Rep you have to be licensed to even step foot on the pharmacy floor so they'd have to be certified in your state from what you are saying. Over a million people are injured every year due to preventable medication errors by UNTRAINED staff. 10,000 of them die.... Your stories are very sad indeed, and I have heard similar stories as well. Of course it makes you feel bad, but there are a lot of things in this world that make you feel bad and are completely out of your hands. Like I said, I love my job and I've been a tech for 7 years. Seems like all of you that are complaining about being a tech chose the wrong field!

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grego91754@yahoo.com in Monterey Park, California

37 months ago

I couldn't agree with you more on training and how some new techs do not realize how serious the meds are, then again when techs are paid like McDonald's wages after going to a school for 6 months - it's an employers market here in Los Angeles. My Neighbors daughter works at an In N Out hamburger chain & makes over 30,000 & works 30-35 hours a week slicing onions(had a 2 week training course.
And yes there are good & bad things in the pharmacy. I won't have anything to do with a prescription if I can't read the writing - what good is writing if you can't read it? I love being a tech - when I can find a place to work. I have had my license for 10 years and seems useless here - some employers might see too many years might equal to too much payroll. There is also a lot of mail order going on which insurance companies are in cahootz with drug companies - Like Unitedhealth has their own called Prescription Solutions. I have also known cancer patients who have switched to marijuana(there goes a lot of other pills) - what a difference with no synthetic chemicals! And they are eating without vomiting! Maybe I should move to Illinois? Would they recognize my CA license through a reciprocity act? It can be tough being caucasian in Los Angeles trying to find a job as a tech.

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mynhii in Oakland, California

37 months ago

Does attending an ASHP-approved program help finding a job?

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grego91754@yahoo.com in Monterey Park, California

37 months ago

Good Luck with anyone helping with jobs. I have paid for a service called "IHIREPHARMACY" their job listings are the same as Indeed or Simplyhired and really have not done much for me other than critique my resume. When I finished my tech program in LA in 2000 they had job placement - now with schools saturating the market it is called "job assistance". I went to American Career College and in my last 2 weeks they had me in an internship 2 miles from home and of course if you're lucky you might get offered a $9/hr job. The saturation in the pharmacy tech world has lowered the pay and you'll be lucky if you can get a job for $10/hr. In California, most training programs train as if you are going to be nationally certified. Some places may not want a nationally certified tech because that might mean more pay and every application that I have filled all they were looking for was a current state license with a clean record. Again, having held my license for 10 years does not mean much in California. There are retirement homes that are hiring "Med Techs" for $10/hr to recount the pills - no license required, because no dispensing - but you're still handling drugs - go figure. I would become nationally certified if it was a 100% guarantee for a foot in the door.

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Gaby in Miami, Florida

37 months ago

I recently graduated from a private school as a Pharmacy Technician.
Im registered, but not yet certified cause I tend to freak out about the test.
Im scared that Ill fail it or something.
I graduated in May 2011, should I still consider taking the exam or just go to another career?
also ... would walgreens aor cvs allow me to be a volunteer and work in the pharmacy as a registered pharmacy tech. until im ready to take the exam?

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grego in Monterey Park, California

37 months ago

I don't know what the laws are in Florida regarding a state license or what is needed to work in a pharmacy - it's up to you, but in California you need a state license issued by the board of pharmacy.
I have almost never see companies looking for a nationally certified tech.
Most retail chain pharmacies do not want volunteers hanging around their pills.

Here is a link with some practice testing>>>
www.pharmacy-tech-study.com/practicetest.html

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DAHUI in Miami, Florida

37 months ago

Do not waste your time and money enroll directly into PHARM D
AN HONEST ADVICE :)

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DAHUI in Miami, Florida

37 months ago

Enroll directly into PHARM D,Honest advice

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Paige in Davis, California

37 months ago

brown_dude35 in Brookline, Massachusetts said: In most cases “no formal education” is required at this time in order to become a pharmacy technician.

Becoming a certified technician fulfills the law that enables you to work in a hospital setting. You can become certified by passing the National Pharmacy Technician Exam at www.ptcb.org . Whatever you choose to do find a way to pass this test, it will open up a lot of other pharmaceutical opportunities and allow you to register with your state board of pharmacy in a fast way.

However, lacking hospital experience is a critical factor in getting hired as a hospital pharmacy technician. Furthermore, the only way you can get this critical hospital experience is to volunteer as a hospital pharmacy technician. Stay away from the retail pharmacy setting as it is injurious to your career as a freshman pharmacy technician.

There is too much gossip, high stress level, and low pay within the retail sector of pharmacy. It’s not worth the experience. Your learning opportunities working in retail pharmacy such as CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, Targets, etc, will be limited and not a rewarding experience. However, this is the route most freshman pharmacy technicians who are not certified/registered take in order to enter the field.

The state law requirements for pharmacy technicians can vary from state to state so you should read up on your state board of pharmacy laws. According, to what you posted it appears you live in Tennessee so go here for more info health.state.tn.us/boards/Pharmacy/index.shtml

-Good Luck

"No formal education" required BUT they'd rather have the experience. Here in California one year experience is required

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Paige in Davis, California

37 months ago

I kind of wonder if Pharmacy Tech is just like all the other entry level jobs out there in that they'd RATHER you have years' of verifiable work experience than a degree or license in Pharmacy Tech or any of the life sciences that a while ago would lend themselves to a career sorting pills in a pharmacy. People with bachelor's of science's in Biology and other Biological sciences should try applying for entry level pharmacy tech jobs with no experience and see what happens. Until then I remain a substitute teacher in nasty-area districts that "will take anyone with a Bachelor's degree" because they're so remote that they can't be picky about verifiable references and all that BS.

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Mikey Psycho in Santa Monica, California

37 months ago

The job market for pharmacy technician in Los Angeles is ugly. I went to an interview at the UCLA hospital and the lady told me they have over 100 applicants for the job! Every place I go to also tells me they get a lot of calls about open positions. I think it is the trade schools promising rewarding futures and churning out techs when the market is already flooded; they run a lot of day time ads. Retail stores will definitely low ball you, as the first post mentioned, at around 9 to 11 an hour which isn't great pay in a high cost area of living like Los Angeles. Hospitals pay the best 14 and up, but the competition is fierce.

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loria in Dallas, Texas

37 months ago

well their is a pharmacy tech program at my school for free and i am thinking of taking it since it pays more than a CNA or dentist assistant(other programs at school) so we would end up going to pharmacys everyday to get experience. So well i only want to work as a tech to help pay for college. Since i am in highschool so do you think its a good idea?

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jean in Salt Lake City, Utah

37 months ago

I have got this opportunity to share with u more experience ,tell me is it possible to stand the state test without going to a pharm tech shool,tell me more because I did Bpharm degree outside of USA .

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Piper in Davis, California

37 months ago

grego91754@yahoo.com in Monterey Park, California said: I couldn't agree with you more on training and how some new techs do not realize how serious the meds are, then again when techs are paid like McDonald's wages after going to a school for 6 months - it's an employers market here in Los Angeles. My Neighbors daughter works at an In N Out hamburger chain & makes over 30,000 & works 30-35 hours a week slicing onions(had a 2 week training course.
And yes there are good & bad things in the pharmacy. I won't have anything to do with a prescription if I can't read the writing - what good is writing if you can't read it? I love being a tech - when I can find a place to work. I have had my license for 10 years and seems useless here - some employers might see too many years might equal to too much payroll. There is also a lot of mail order going on which insurance companies are in cahootz with drug companies - Like Unitedhealth has their own called Prescription Solutions. I have also known cancer patients who have switched to marijuana(there goes a lot of other pills) - what a difference with no synthetic chemicals! And they are eating without vomiting! Maybe I should move to Illinois? Would they recognize my CA license through a reciprocity act? It can be tough being caucasian in Los Angeles trying to find a job as a tech.

Well then come on up to Northern Central California where being Caucasian seems to be a REQUIREMENT after all the public is going to SEE you and they wouldn't trust anyone non-Caucasian to handle their medications now would they?! I'm Native American with dark skin and I think I'm only HALFWAY being sarcastic.......!

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Piper in Davis, California

37 months ago

jean in Salt Lake City, Utah said: I have got this opportunity to share with u more experience ,tell me is it possible to stand the state test without going to a pharm tech shool,tell me more because I did Bpharm degree outside of USA .

Yes in California it technically IS but then I'd wonder if any place would HIRE you if you did it that way. No verifiable relevant experience and all that BS.

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Piper in Davis, California

37 months ago

loria in Dallas, Texas said: well their is a pharmacy tech program at my school for free and i am thinking of taking it since it pays more than a CNA or dentist assistant(other programs at school) so we would end up going to pharmacys everyday to get experience. So well i only want to work as a tech to help pay for college. Since i am in highschool so do you think its a good idea?

As long as you CAN work in your state certified that way. And if you get an externship through the school do it for TWO WHOLE YEARS. Or three. Period. Even if they're treating you like dirt during it - all that matters these days is having two to three to five whole years' full time paid work experience under your belt even if you're like 16 or something. Stick them out!! Internships or externships of durations with the word "months" in them, will get you nowhere. No employer these days thinks that three months, as in a summer internship, is long enough to teach you anything, apparently.

I'm not saying these things to be mean, this is just what gets handed to ME on a regular basis. Employers these days seem to trust "experience" more than they trust the SCHOOL to teach you anything, or the State board of licensure of [insert field here] to check your background well enough to determine if you COULD do the job or are "safe" to be "allowed" around other people's medication (or children, if you're talking about teaching, or elderly if you're talking about that, and ya da ya da....)

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Alamode in Denver, Colorado

36 months ago

JOEY1296 in Salinas, California said: I HAVE TO DISAGRRE WITH ALOT OF PEOPLE'S NEGATIVITY TOWARDS THE PHARM TECH FIELD, I PERSONALLY WOULDN'T MAKE A CAREER OUT OF IT, BUT FOR A FULL TIME COLLEGE STUDENT WORKING PART TIME, THE MONEY IS BETTER THAN MOST JOBS OFFERED TO COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO NEED FLEXIBLE HOURS. AND AS FOR THE BEST PAYING PHARMACY CHAIN, WALGREENS PAYS THEIR TECHS REALLY WELL, I'M 22, NATIONALLY CERTIFIED, AND I MAKE $18.25 AN HOUR, AND I'VE ONLY BEEN WITH THE COMPANY SINCE '07, WHERE I STARTED OUT AT $11.50, BUT GOT BUMPED UP TO $13.75 ONCE I PASSED MY NATIONAL BOARD TEST. ALSO, THEY PAY FOR YOU TO TAKE THE NATIONAL BOARD TEST, THEY'LL PAY FOR UP TO 3 TRIES, AND THEY PAY FOR YOUR STATE LISCENCE RENEWAL, AND HAVE FREE CE'S (CONTINUING EDUCATION) FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEED THE CREDITS FOR YOUR NATIONAL BOARD RENEWAL. AND AS FAR AS PEOPLE FREAKING OUT ABOUT THE NATIONAL BOARD TEST, THAT TEST IS SO SIMPLE IF YOU'VE TAKEN THE CLASS AND DONE SOME EXTERNSHIP HOURS. ALL YOU NEED IS A 650 AND THE GRADING SCALE IS 300-900, SO IN REALITY, YOU NEED TO GET 350 OUT OF A 600 POINT TEST, THATS 58%, THAT'S LESS THAN A "D" BY REGULAR STANDARDS. SERIOUSLY, ITS NOT A BIG DEAL.

If your bar is already set low its hard to be dissapointed.

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kn in Portland, Maine

36 months ago

Alamode in Denver, Colorado said: If your bar is already set low its hard to be dissapointed.

That's not necessarily true for all companies. CVS, Walmart and such don't pay that much unless you started years ago. Being nationally certified does not automatically bump a raise in alot of companies. Aside from that, you can get free CE's from a lot of legitimate sources. With the saturated pharm tech market, it really isn't that easy to get your foot in the door at the point. I've worked for a few companies and have seen managers throw out numerous applications without even glancing at them because there simply aren't job very many job openings. The situation with the current economy doesn't help. I don't recommend paying that much money to go through a whole program. I know plenty of people who couldn't find jobs afterwards (in California).

And really, the caps are unnecessary and rude. Please be a little more professional.

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Lorelei in Davis, California

36 months ago

brown_dude_CPhT in Watertown, Massachusetts said: Unfortunately, your story is sad to read but I would recommend that most aspiring pharmacy technicians if they are interested in the medical field look into a biotechnology program,

I'm sorry, Biotechnology? You can't get even a laboratory assistant washing petri dishes and cleaning up after and feeding the lab animals job with less than a PhD in the Biotechnology field. I have a Bachelor's in Biology and have been applying like crazy to biotech lab tech positions all over the country, it feels like, and get NOTHING. Ignored. Squat. Crickets. And this is for the "entry level" ones which SAY that all that's required is either an Associates in one of the sciences or a high school diploma with some bio and chem classes.

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Squadfather in Ballwin, Missouri

36 months ago

I have an interview with CVS on Friday. Even if it doesn't pay much, it's a start. I didn't pay for any school, though. It's just that it is tough with my girlfriend bringing in the only income (she sells used cars). Plus, there are so many of us living in the trailer right now.

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ME in Union City, California

36 months ago

Nguyễn Khánh Minh in Oakland, California said: Can you please share with me how you answered questions with your interviewer? I will start my course in the January. Studying is not a problem for me, but I'm not quick when it comes to interviewing. Thank you.

I've applied to CVS several times, I have my AS Degree in Pharmacy Technology,certified and I still have not got a call back. What's really going on? Do you know someone that works at CVS, or do you have previous experience?

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Tim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

36 months ago

sarah mrxi in Franklin Park, Illinois said: This is a comment for Lakeland in Ohio. I am actually working with Lakeland right now with their pharmacy technician program. They actually might be offering a second class in the future and I am looking to hire an instructor for it. I can hire a pharmacist, a student in their last year of pharmacy school, or a certified pharmacy tech. Let me know if anyone in the Cleveland area is interested in teaching. The pay for a certified tech is $20-28/hour depending on experience. And for a pharmacist $45-47 hour. You can email me your resume at sarah@mrxicorp.com

$20-$28/hour?...Wow!...What a difference location makes...In Texas the pay for CPhTs is $14-$18/hour (even worse in Oklahoma) for hospital techs, and $9-$12 for retail techs...I'd say if you're considering becoming a pharm tech, RECONSIDER...Try Radiologic Technology, or Medical Technology instead.

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Elizabeth in Bloomington, Illinois

35 months ago

I'm curious as to which pharmacies will hire you if you only have a ExCPT over a PTCB. Both give you the same title of C.PhT but I hear the PTCB is highly regarded. I can only take the ExCPT, but if Walgreens, CVS, Kmart or other retailers won't hire because I wouldn't have a PTCB than I don't think I'm going to waste any time on pursuing this field. Does anyone know for sure which pharmacies in IL (seeing as IL does credit ExCPT) will hire someone like me?

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kristen in Bristol, Tennessee

35 months ago

My name is Kristen I live in Bristol TN. I'm 19 and in college. I've been taking a class at ETSU in Johnson City TN to prepare me for the pharmacy tech exam. I think this class has been very helpful. It was 400 and provides your book. You have 19 classes every tuesday and thursday from 6-8 pm for about 2 months. this class is by far the quickest and cheapest way in my area to prepare for the exam. The local buisness school charges 1100 to take the same class and is a whole semester. I would recommend this class to any who who want to become a certified pharmacy tech, or anyone who is interested in becoming a pharmasist.

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Niele in Hilo, Hawaii

34 months ago

Being a pharmacy tech is just like any other job, it's what you make it. Retail exposes you to the stress of dealing with the public, understaffed pharmacies, and the pharmacist in charge can make the job rewarding or hellish. However, you can get certified in compounding, chemo and hazardous drugs, and aseptic techniques. Many hospital pharmacists like seeing those additional certifications but don't necessarily want you to have experience because they would prefer to teach you the way they like to have things done. Also, if you do have to start in retail, look at the local independent pharmacies. Independent pharmacies have more flexibility with regards to pay and my experience is that they tend to pay higher starting salaries and can give performance raises more often than the mega-chains. It's an ever-evolving industry and although it has its shortcomings, it can be very rewarding. Rich you won't be, but challenged you will. Good luck to all those looking...

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NicoleElizabeth in Cerritos, California

34 months ago

Pharmacy Technicians can also work in hospitals and generally those Techs start at $15 an hour with no experience(in California).
(I know this because I've worked at a hospital) Also Hospital generally offer great benefits, better pay, and weekend incentives. The hospital I worked for paid their Techs $2 more an hour on the weekends on top of the time and a half for working a normal 10 hour shift. You can also find jobs at pharmacy call center starting at about $13-$14 an hour. Tasking in call centers include general clerical work, answering patient questions about insurance and solving patient insurance needs all while sitting on your butt with a headset in front of a computer. Yes, when working in retail you make $9-$10 without a license(You have no schooling for this position and it is entry level so what do you expect?) As a licensed Tech Walgreens will start at $13.25 (in California, lower if you live in states with a lower cost of living). Technically, there is also room for advancement in the field as well. You can become a lead Tech and make as much as $20-$22(in California). Of course you will need experience for lead. Pharmacy Technician training is also generally less expensive than most medical careers and it only takes about a year. It provides a great gateway into medical for future career expansion. Don't complain about the wages because this is a stable job that does pay decent. If you want to make a lot of money go to a 2 or 4 year school, pay out thousands and earn a degree. Or become a pharmacy tech, earn above minimum and return to school for your medical degree. Also if you complain like the original poster about sick patients (not customers)and high stress you should NEVER be a pharm tech. We work with sick people, of course their grumpy. They are sick or they have someone they care about who is sick. We do our job to help the community and try to be understanding, not complain about standing and grumpy ill patients.

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joe wood in Bakersfield, California

34 months ago

brown_dude34 in Roslindale, Massachusetts said: The biggest grip I have with the pharmacy technician field is that its so misleading to people. Most people are sold a bill of goods about this field thinking that once they complete a pharmacy technician training program or course they will have a real rewarding career. However this is not the case. I will tell you why ?

First, let's start off with the definition of a pharmacy technician. I will translate this title so it's easily understood. Pharmacy technician = Pharmacy aide/assistant/slave to the pharmacist on duty, by this I mean you will end up doing the grunt work of a pharmacist.

For example, counting pills, anwsering phones, entering prescription data into the computer, performing drive thru service, stocking the pharmacy with bottles, caps, bags,etc and ringing of the register.

I just outlined the main job duties associated with this field along with standing on your feet for 6 -8 hours a day.

You will deal with sick/angry/rude customers, let me translate another keyword. The word fast-paced environment means high stress, just so you are aware of that catch phrase.

Secondly, lets talk about the salary, thats right the measly salary they want to pay you for all this gruntwork end quote

I was in the army, that's real "gruntwork" dipwad, having to do what someone with an I.Q. of 80 is telling you, you have to do or you will loose money, by the way they only get paid (from the bottom end) around 20,000 a year salerey so think befor you speak dipwad.

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LucyPharmD in Manchester, Iowa

32 months ago

I could see where this position would be difficult and frustrating for you. I mean, you can't even spell basic words.

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Diogenes in Thousand Oaks, California

32 months ago

I've been looking for work as a licensed Pharm tech or Pharmacy service representative/assistant for almost a year and haven't even been able to land an interview. I have a BA in Psych and no criminal record and a few years experience in retail. I'm seriously considering just giving up looking. The job market is like a dry desolate desert. I apply everywhere I can online which is like a desert cause there are practically no openings where you can even apply. Most places just say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 openings under that position for every location in a 30mile radius. And all I hear is how much this job sucks and how they "can't tell you how many times someone went on their lunch break and never came back". Well if the job sucks and so many people quit then why is it that whenever I walk in anywhere to apply I turn into a psychic cause I already know what they're going to say, "no we don't have any openings but you can leave your resume". So if this job sucks so bad why do so many directionless losers want to do it? Is it because they're so dumb that they're so easily brainwashed by commercials? Also why do people say their co-workers quit left and right yet there's never any openings? I've been wanting to work in a Pharmacy ever since I was hanging out with drug dealers as a teen (since I thought it was so cool) but why do others want to do it? Hopefully more people (who just work there cause it's just a job and have no interest in medicine) will have enough sense to leave and go elsewhere so that people who really are interested in the field and would appreciate the job, no matter how many sick miserable people they have to deal with (cause that's part of the fun), can take their ungrateful place.

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Diogenes in Thousand Oaks, California

32 months ago

I've been looking for work as a licensed Pharm tech or Pharmacy service representative/assistant for almost a year and haven't even been able to land an interview. I have a BA in Psych and no criminal record and a few years experience in retail. I'm seriously considering just giving up looking. The job market is like a dry desolate desert. I apply everywhere I can online which is like a desert cause there are practically no openings where you can even apply. Most places just say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 openings under that position for every location in a 30mile radius. And all I hear is how much this job sucks and how they "can't tell you how many times someone went on their lunch break and never came back". Well if this job is so miserable and so many people quit then why is it that whenever I walk in anywhere to apply I turn into a psychic cause I already know what they're going to say, "no we don't have any openings but you can leave your resume". So if this job sucks so bad why do so many directionless losers want to do it? Is it because they're so dumb that they're so easily brainwashed by commercials? Also why do people say their co-workers quit left and right yet there's never any openings? I've been wanting to work in a Pharmacy ever since I was hanging out with drug dealers as a teen (since I thought it was so cool) but why do others want to do it? Hopefully more people (who just work there cause it's just a job and have no interest in medicine) will have enough sense to leave and go elsewhere so that people who really are interested in the field and would appreciate the job, no matter how many sick miserable people they have to deal with (cause that's part of the fun), can take their ungrateful place.

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Diogenes in Thousand Oaks, California

32 months ago

For some reason my reply didn't post so I hit back on my browser and hit reply again which is why you see duplicates of my rant. I guess this forum doesn't have a delete comment option.

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Sabrina in Tampa, Florida

30 months ago

The first poster hit the nail on the head. You are pretty much doing everything except what the law will not allow you to do. And sometimes the lines are blurry.

I work at as a certified pharmacy technician in a store that start with a W. Starting pay for an un-certified pharmacy technician $8.70. Certification increases salary by $.75. Then you get measly yearly raises.

I totally don't really recommend this job to anyone as a career. It's a pretty decent job for a college student. For one, you are basically a cashier. I guess we are not allowed to refuse to ring up customers unless they have an obscene amount of items (10 +). And people continually come to the pharmacy because the front end registers are always jacked.

Then there are the pharmacists whom are so "busy" they can make calls themselves which leaves me stuck making loads of calls to people. In the time it takes the pharmacist to explain the situation to me, s/he could have made the call. It's a lot of little things that annoy and bug me about the job. I guess they are specifically pharmacist related. I wish the pharmacists would help out a little more than they do instead of leaving everyone aspect of the prescription process to me except the duties that the technician cannot legally perform.

I was actually in the middle of counting and this guy asks were a specific type of bean was located. It said he couldn't find it. So the pharmacist asked me to help him find the bean. (insert sarcasm) Like I know where ABC Beans are because I wonder the aisles on my break memorizing locations of items (end sarcasm).

When I volunteer at other stores, I cannot use the register, and I love being a technician then. I am currently looking for a job at either a mail order pharmacy or a hospital.

But more than that I am looking to transfer out of pharmacy technician into something that deals with pharmacy but pays more in the $40,000- $50,000 range.

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knaz in Houston, Texas

29 months ago

Regarding several comments I saw while reading some of these posts: Keep in mind that as with anything in life, you get what you put into it. I mean if you look at the requirements to become a Pharmacy Tech. then yeah you're not gonna make enough to be the "bread winner" for your family.

I wanted to suggest a website that I have found to be a good resource as to what stores/companies pay (if it hasn't already been posted) for pharmacy tech (or any position for that matter). glass door.com (one word, the forum wouldn't let me post this until I edited it) You can enter the job title & click the "Salaries" tab and it will show you all the retail companies, and even some hospitals. It is voluntarily submitted by others. After being on the site a few minutes it'll ask you to join. But joining is free & simple to do. It only takes a few minutes.

Hope it helps.

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knaz in Houston, Texas

29 months ago

I forgot to mention that they have a "Jobs" tab as well that show all current openings for the area that you select.

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Kat in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

29 months ago

JOEY1296 in Salinas, California said: AND ANOTHER THING, YOU WORK IN CLOSE QUARTERS WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS SO YOU CAN CHIT-CHAT AND TALK WHILE YOU WORK TO MAKE THE DAYS A BIT MORE PLEASENT, YOU BUILD ACTUAL FRIENDSHIPS WITH YOU'RE CO-WORKERS

Well you definitely don't work for Rite Aid then. They pay us $7.65 per hour, We have to renew and pay for our licenses ourselves, and while they do certify us they never have the hours to send us to classes. Not one of us is certified, and even now they won't give us the dollar raise for certification like they used to. It's now part of "training."

Seriously, my advice to anyone looking to pursue a job as a tech, either get into a hospital or only step foot into retail if you're just looking for experience. The pay is terrible, the pharmacy profession as a whole is becoming more and more of a joke. I've been working towards pharmacy school, but I'm starting to think it'll be a whole new ballgame once I graduate.

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HarrowedWrath in Edgewood, Washington

25 months ago

Dumb as Pharmacist in Union City, Tennessee said: I was a technician for over 20 years I know exactly what your job entails, probably beeter than you do. I also know a vast majority of technicans think they do all the work, Let me sum this up for you, You do the grunt work, because you have no Pharmacist license. I am sure in all you vast knowledge you completely understand Pharmacodynamics and the whole CYP interaction scheme. We are paid so much because we have spent 6-8 years in a classroom learning why and understanding how. I'm sorry if you think I am talking down to you, but Us Dumb as- Pharmacist ARE TE ONES YOU RUN TOO EVERYTIME SOMEONE ASKS YOU A QUESTION YOU CANNOT ANSWER. And BTW I wrote many of the questions on yout PCTB exam, so please don't tell me you understand Pharmacology, the questions on that exam were written so technicians wouldn't have too much difficulty in answering them.
I am quite aware there are technicains out there who are extremely smart, and for all practical purposes should be in Pharmacy school, they are wasting their God given gift counting tablets or making IVs. But we need those techs. I also love my technicans and do not think bad of them, I do understand their limitations though, and never ask them to do something that is beyond them.
So just rememmber that us Dumb as - Pharmacist, keep you working, Just look at that sign you stick on the pharmacy every night. Medications cannot be Dispensed without a Licensed Pharmacist on Duty

You sir or ma'am are hilarious. I really hope you did NOT have anything to with any questions on the exam due to the fact that your spelling is atrocious. Your attitude is just as hilarious, sounds to me like you couldn't make it as an MD so you settled for an RPh. You have an elitist attitude and it is sad quite frankly. You may have the degree, you may be required to dispense the medicine at the end of the day but without your technicians you are useless.

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