"Why becoming a certified pharmacy technician is not worth your time"

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kristen in Bristol, Tennessee

26 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

26 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

26 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

26 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

23 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

23 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

23 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

23 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

21 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

21 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

21 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

21 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

17 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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FrogPrincess in Augusta, Maine

15 months ago

I have been a Pharm Tech for almost 12 years. I've worked in all walks of pharmacy, save for a mental hospital or prison setting. Lowest pay is retail (but have had the most fun there, believe it or not!!), highest pay was doing purchasing for a long term care pharmacy (also was the most soul-sucking). Hospital paid somewhere in the middle and was good experience.

I do it for fun now, on the side, 'cause you really can't make a living doing it full time in Northern New England, especially when you live alone and you're the only income.

I work 2 jobs, averaging between 45 and 55 hours a week; one of those jobs is part time in retail as a floating tech. The pay is worse than a steaming poo burrito; so it had BETTER be fun or I wouldn't do it anymore.

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Ann in Paris, Tennessee

13 months ago

Well, I've read all the comments on becoming a Pharmacy Tech and it seems that most everyone just wanted to b-tch about it. If you don't like your job than do something else............. I'm getting ready to take the coarse to become a Pharmacy Tech because I think it is an interesting field and it's to do with the health field of what I'm interested in. If 'we' all wanted to be rich, then maybe some of you should have become 'Doctors' instead.
I've worked in sales for over 15 yrs, so I do know what it's like to deal with rude people. But if you think about it, no matter what you do in life, it deals with 'other people'. Just saying.........LOL!

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S.A in Fox Lake, Illinois

13 months ago

nick1 in Michigan said: I know that this may be a little different because of the category. But the one thing that I have experienced is those who say GPA means something are wrong. Yeah, sure just because your GPA is high that makes a difference. No it doesn't. If anything employers think they know it all and someone who has experience is better. I already have a formal education and a perfect 4.0. But do I get a chance at anything. Nope. Just because I haven't held a certain title or haven't had a chance I don't get a chance. The world is full of favoritism and employers who don't know what their doing when trying to find people for the job. GPA means nothing. If so then I would be doing something because of my 4.0. Just thank God if you get a chance to do anything.

With a perfect 4.0 I would think you had perfect grammar and spelling. Perhaps you should brush up on your English. Or should I say you're English?

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kandikane021 in Moore, South Carolina

12 months ago

So you said this field gets repetitive after 2 yrs....wouldnt any job get repetitive once you've been doing it for years.Just because you choose a field making more money wont necessarily mean you will like it. sometimes its not entirely about money it s about spending time with your family and that goes for the peron who wrote this post above too.

brown_dude34 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts said: Sorry for replying to this post so late. I have seen a lot Kaplan Career Centers around the city of Boston lately. Honestly, I would suggest that you skip the pharmacy technician career path for a much better paying career field. I believe Kaplan is buying up a lot of vocational training facilities around the Boston area.

However, if you’re really interested in a career in the medical field try and seek out a solid 2 year community college program such as a radiology technician, surgical technician, and biomedical laboratory technician . Check out Mass Bay Community College they have a short 2 year degree program in Biomedical Laboratory Technician. It seems solid. As far as being a pharmacy technician this career gets very repetitive after 1 -2 years.

Looking back I wish I never traveled down this career path. I ended up becoming a certified/registered pharmacy technician, but honestly I regret it. I started out in the retail sector via CVS /Pharmacy and you really don’t want to work retail anywhere. For most of the pharmacy technicians 70 – 75% of the pharmacy technician positions are in retail. Too many horror stories eventually you will get frustrated from the low pay, ingrate pharmacist attitudes, and customer aggravation.

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butterdandylion in Waco, Texas

12 months ago

If this is not the truth! I have been certified since 2007 and almost a decade later, have not been able to secure a job. I feel as though I wasted time and energy..Do not do it, it is a waste!!!

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Gail in Wallingford, Connecticut

11 months ago

brown_dude34 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts said: Can’t tell you how many aspiring pharmacy technicians I have seen just go on lunch break and never return lost count over the years. If I had to do it all over again I think the best path would be to go the 2 year community college route. In the long run you are better prepared and you will have earned the college credits to further your education should you choose to

. I know that radiology technicians earn double what a starting pharmacy technician makes and there’s a shortage of qualified biomedical laboratory technicians. Unlike pharmacy technicians which are a dime a dozen. No formal education is required by Massachusetts law . All it takes for you to become a certified pharmacy technician in the state of Massachusetts is to sit and pass the national pharmacy technician exam at www.ptcb.org ,so save your money and don’t waste it on that Kaplan Pharmacy Technician Training Program.

Enroll in a local community college and train for something much better. Right now I am at the point where I have to return to college in order to train for better paying career. Just cannot make it on these low wages as a pharmacy technician.

-Good Luck

Thanks for your input. I also thought that biomedical lab tech would be a great field, but I live in Connecticut and there are NO programs for that in the State system of community colleges or in a 4 year school. I did hear of one in Springfield, MA, but it's 50 miles from here. I was told by Gateway Comm. College in New Haven that the state abandoned that program due to low wages upon completion of that degree. :(

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Gail in Wallingford, Connecticut

11 months ago

My son is a pharm tech for Walgreens. He has an impeccable 5 yr history with them, and he is certified. He makes $14/hr now which is an insult to any semi skilled person in Connecticut because the cost of living is very high here. Minimum wage in CT should be $20/hr. - you can just about make it on that if you don't have expensive tastes.

My son hates his job for a number of reasons that ALL include rude/abusive people who blame him for not illegally refilling their Oxycontin prescriptions. He also is sickened by the number of people who pull up to the drive thru in Hummers and Escalades that present him with a State insurance card that should be for only the indigent of disabled. There is so much fraud out there and the state does nothing about it. They made State insurance 'no asset check' even as we continue to go bankrupt here.

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sidhardh chinda in Tbilisi, Georgia

11 months ago

hows dental technology in canada????

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-Good Luck

how s dental technology in caanda??lookin for nait college

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sidhardh chinda in Tbilisi, Georgia

11 months ago

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x215m in Bothell, Washington

11 months ago

I'm actually doing a pharmacy tech program. I had one of my friends do it too 2 years ago and he got certified and what not. He's now working at a distribution pharmacy and hes only been working for a year and make $17.50/hour. Only at retail pharmacies the pay sucks. You need to be a pharmacy tech in bigger areas like the hospitals if you want to earn more. There's a place here at some clinic in marysville, starting is $20.50/hr. So I don't know what you guys are talking about how pharmacy tech is a waste of time and money. Some people just like helping patients and others.

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RichardsAshleyC in Clayton, Michigan

11 months ago

Brown_Dude34- Do you have ANY IDEA how much I would LOVE the opportunity to do
the 'grunt work' of a pharmacist? Everything you described is what a PT is meant
to do in the pharmacy- PLUS more- The only thing I can say is that no matter
whether you consider it a great job or a slave trade, the pay is AWFUL. AWFUL!
A pharmacist makes about $100-130k annually to start, I believe, while a full time
PT will likely make $12-18K yearly to start- RUBBISH! We deserve at least half of
what the RPh makes!
But anyway, all the stuff you described is just the job, and is similar in any
retail/customer service-based environment. I agree it's been a misleading journey
for a lot of us (read my rant on the board)... But honestly what kind of glamour
did you think it would be!? Good luck in any case :)

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rob909 in Monterey Park, California

10 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

Hi joey,

are you still working with Walgreens?

-Rob

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recode in San Francisco, California

9 months ago

For the most part, yes, Pharm Techs don't get paid for the amount of work they do, but some places do pay more than others. Obviously a hospital setting pays more, inpatient may pay a little more than outpatient. I know there are some techs that make $37/hr. Just gotta keep your eyes open for the opportunities, and network. The Pharmacy field is like an extended family, pretty much everyone knows each other in one way or another.

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Melissa in Manchester, New Hampshire

9 months ago

I don’t know where you worked but your info is off! I am a Pharmacy Technician have been for about a year now starting out with no experience but a background in customer service landed me a job for 12.50 an hour 40 hours a week with full benefits. I took the PTCB about 6 months ago and now make 15.50 an hour with a $1 raise every year to cap at 22.50. There is tons of room for advancement want to work in a hospital, a clinic, nursing home, or go into research? I have been looking into becoming a research technician where starting pay is 20.00 an hour with benefits granted you can no long be a pharm tech in NH for research but you could move and start an awesome job. Also another key thing is you could work your way through school and become a pharmacist that is what I am doing. I have my associates in Pharmacy Technology and will be starting at university for pre-pharmacy next year and most companies are more than willing to help you with tuition and books if you just sign a commitment contract thus while in school you will intern with them and then stay with them for a min. of 3 years and then you are free to go about your business and work wherever you would like.

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Dan in Brockton, Massachusetts

9 months ago

I started my career back in 2006. I signed up for the Lincoln Tech Pharmacy technician program (which was a little over priced, now that I looked back on it), which got me ready for my CPhT test. Which back then was taken 3 times a year. Part of the program was at the end working at Walgreen's for a 200 hours externship. The manager loved me and wanted to give me a job there. But after talking with the district manager, he wanted me to try to get a job at a hospital first. Because the best money he could give me was $10hr(Register) and $12hr(certified). But was willing to offer me a job if nothing happen in a month or so. The very next week I got a call from Mass General Hospital with an interview. I was hired a week later with only 200hr of tech work and just taken the PTCB. Two weeks after I started I pass the PTCB. When I got hired at MGH the pay was $14. I worked there for about 2 1/2 years and left when I got a better offer, closer to home working at Specialty Scripts Pharmacy at $16.50hr. Left there when the company was bought out by Walgreen's and closed (They just wanted to contacts not the people). I got a job at CVS/Caremark as a prior auth. representative @ 13hr but my plan was not to stay there, it was just work. Which is one of the reasons I hate the Walmarts/CVS/Walgreen/RiteAds is the pay and other things. Just worked there 2 months and landed where I am working at the VA hospital. Working for the Government is easy with the pay I started out as a GS-5 $16.40hr, then promoted to GS-6 $18.28hr now got promoted again to GS-7 which puts me @ $20.32. I love my job and if I stay here for the next 15 years not looking at cost of living increase today my pay rate would me $25.08 which is not bad looking at the benefits I get and bonuses every year. I am not the type of person that wants more and more when it comes to pay. I am happy where I am at and I try not to live above my means.

The truth is Retail sucks... Get yourself into a hospital setting...

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Tony in Waterford, Michigan

6 months ago

Tim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma said: $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.

They'd probably pay you more if you could read. She wasn't talking about normal technician pay - she's looking to hire an instructor.

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leeblck22 in Newark, Delaware

4 months ago

You don't make much unless you're working in a hospital or a place like Express Scripts. Hospitals require at least one-two years of experience first. Here are a few examples...

I graduated from a decent school. I earned my certification through the PTCB. I've been working as a pharmacy technician for a few months now and am only making $9.00 an hour.

One of my friends (who works as a pharmacy technician at CVS in Delaware for OVER A YEAR now) is only making $9.50 an hour. She graduated from the Delaware Tech Community College pharmacy technician program. She also has her PTCB certification.

I have another friend who has been working as a pharmacy technician at an independent pharmacy in Delaware for 8 months now and is only making $10.00 an hour. She is NOT certified nor did she graduate from a pharmacy technician program.

Half the pharmacy technicians I KNOW are back in school to get into other careers. Now why is that??? Hmmm...

The pharmacy technician salaries on indeed.com and salary.com are misleading. They are including salaries from people who've been working as technicians for 10-15 years. So of course they're going to be a lot higher...

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Dan in Brockton, Massachusetts

4 months ago

Update: My Wife just started working as a pharmacy tech for Right Aid. With no work experience as a pharmacy technician, but did an on-line program to help her get certified. She took the test and passed the PTCB. She did this all before she got her job there. They started her at $14.50hr.

Don’t let the retail world push you guys around when it comes to pay. Always talk to them about pay, don’t say yes to them with the first offer. They always have a range. The pharmacy manager told her that it was $12.50-$14.50hr and she pushed for the high in and got it. I have only been a pharmacy tech for 6 years and I make the high end $21.32hr, but I work IV and Chemotherapy.

Best advise Get Yourself IV, Chemo trained and find a job in a hospital or VA.

I work for the VA and love my job…

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c-dizzy in Houston, Texas

4 months ago

Wow! I see a lot of upset people on here, All I can say is that I just got hired here in Texas as a Pharmacy Assistant/Tech and Im making $15/hr to start...and I dont even have my Pharmacy Tech certification yet, just registered as a Pharmacy Tech Trainee...Maybe you all should steer clear of the CVS's and Walgreens being that they are for-profit companies and they dont pay as well...I'm working for a non profit organization right now...I also have my Bachelors Degree in Health Administration so that may also be a reason for my offer being above average in this field but just keep your heads up!

Best of Luck!

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DUNNTHAT in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

1 month ago

Wow!Talk about negativity! Ok, some of you are really frustrated with your lot in life because you did not get a high-paying position with a retail pharmacy that put your pay scale in line with a pharmacist. DUH! look at the educational differences! with that being said, Pharmacy technician is a field with rapidly expanding job opportunities, with some exciting changes being made in areas of responsibility and with that will come monetary reimbursement. Is it a job that will pay a salary that will put you in the middle class? NO! however with the job market as it stands today it is best to look for job futures that will put food on the table and pay the bills. I have seen many who graduate with bachelor degrees who are working as stock clerks at Wal-Mart. Is is a job that will always have a relaxing mood at all hours of the day? No! will you have times where you feel that you could possibly have made a difference in someones life who is feeling ill and standing in line, who sees a smile on a face instead of one where they feel they are an imposition? YES! Times are changing in the role of Pharmacy Technician. There works in motion that ALL pharmacy Technicians will have to be certified by the year 2020. Add on top of that they will also have to have graduated from an accredited school and you will see that the pharmacy industry will have to step up on the pay scales. This vocation, as are so many in the health field, is not for everyone. But if you stick with it and give it your all, you will see a great change in this vocation in the future. I am an LPN and a CPhT. I teach Pharmacy Technician at a vocational school. I see great promise on this field and I hope that some of these negative remarks do not sway anyone from pursuing a career choice that they want. It is a great stepping stone for those who need some kind of well-paying job while they further their careers in college. For those who are pursuing this career choice, good luck, study hard and SMILE!

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PDavis in Richmond, Virginia

1 month ago

Pharmacy Technicians make a $27,000-$35,000 salary. - Dept. of Labor Statistics
The work is as good as the people you work with and work for.

Don't waste your time going to school and getting burdened by debt to study to become a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Tech.

Goto www.RxTechExam.com and check out their packages ($174.99 - $249.99), and become a Pharmacy Tech Online and at your own pace.

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pharmtech111 in North Carolina

25 days ago

I really don't know why people waste their time going to school to be a pharmacy technician. I got hired on the same day I asked if they were hiring. I just asked for a manager and told them that I was applying online and that my application wasnt going through. He noticed that I applied four times and noticed that I really wanted to work there as a pharmacy technician. I was told that there was a position open as a cashier in the actual store floor and that when a position would open in pharmacy they would consider me. I got lucky and got hired on the spot as a cashier and a month later was hired in pharmacy as a tech. I was getting paid min wage as a cashier, which I didn't mind because it was a start. But once I started as a tech. my pay rate went up three dollars an hour. Working at Walgreens has been one of the easiest jobs i've ever had. I've worked at random mall jobs at clothing stores and worked my butt off and was not appreciated at all with a crappy pay. I did not have my tech license to be hired. Walgreen pays for your exam for the first time. and if you don't pass it. Then its on you to pay for it. But they expect you to be certified within the first year. the highest walgreens will pay a tech is 13.50/hr I believe. But I think it depends on your location how busy you are and how much work you have to do and at which pace. the one i work at is one the busiest ones. But I like fast pace work and helping people. if its something you like doing..then I say that you should go for it. People need to do their research before they try to be a tech because later they complain how much the pay rate is. the pharmacist obviously gets paid for her degree and her knowledge. she knows the drugs and what theyre used for and what they are at the top of her head. I've had bad experiences working at certain retail places but it isn't the entire company as a whole thats bad. its just certain people. and u can't base their reactions off of what you get paid.

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WishIreadThisB4IstartedworkinGtheRe in East Hartford, Connecticut

19 days ago

I'm working at CVS pharmacy now. I too started in the store and now I am in the Pharmacy as a trainee. I agree with everything you are saying. I am dealing with a deal of stress. I am not going to school for pharmacology. There are only a few things that look appealing about this position: 1.The experience 2.Being nationally certified 3. The boost to my resume. Aside from those three things, the patients and my coworkers are rude. My bosses are great. They are straight forward and respectful. At this point, I already have the position I'm going to stick with it and get my "credentials" and move on.

brown_dude34 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts said: Sorry for replying to this post so late. I have seen a lot Kaplan Career Centers around the city of Boston lately. Honestly, I would suggest that you skip the pharmacy technician career path for a much better paying career field. I believe Kaplan is buying up a lot of vocational training facilities around the Boston area.

However, if you’re really interested in a career in the medical field try and seek out a solid 2 year community college program such as a radiology technician, surgical technician, and biomedical laboratory technician . Check out Mass Bay Community College they have a short 2 year degree program in Biomedical Laboratory Technician. It seems solid. As far as being a pharmacy technician this career gets very repetitive after 1 -2 years.

Looking back I wish I never traveled down this career path. I ended up becoming a certified/registered pharmacy technician, but honestly I regret it. I started out in the retail sector via CVS /Pharmacy and you really don’t want to work retail anywhere. For most of the pharmacy technicians 70 – 75% of the pharmacy technician positions are in retail. Too many horror stories eventually you will get frustrated from the low pay, ingrate pharmacist attitudes, and customer aggravation.

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capslockcrusader in Gurnee, Illinois

14 days 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.

Caps lock is cruise control for cooooool!

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Preston D in Richmond, Virginia

8 days ago

I'll try to address as many questions as possible with this post. I've worked as a Pharmacy Technician for 14 years, and taught Pharmacology for 4 years.

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In addition to Pharmacy Math, it's very important that you review the major principles of pharmacology, dosage forms, DEA scheduling, anatomy and physiology, interpreting prescriptions, pharmacy law, community pharmacy, and institutional pharmacy. RxTechExam's self-paced course has individual chapters that cover all of those elements.

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-Preston Davis

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Ali in Baghdad, Iraq

4 days ago

Dan in Brockton, Massachusetts said: Update: My Wife just started working as a pharmacy tech for Right Aid. With no work experience as a pharmacy technician, but did an on-line program to help her get certified. She took the test and passed the PTCB. She did this all before she got her job there. They started her at $14.50hr.

Don’t let the retail world push you guys around when it comes to pay. Always talk to them about pay, don’t say yes to them with the first offer. They always have a range. The pharmacy manager told her that it was $12.50-$14.50hr and she pushed for the high in and got it. I have only been a pharmacy tech for 6 years and I make the high end $21.32hr, but I work IV and Chemotherapy.

Best advise Get Yourself IV, Chemo trained and find a job in a hospital or VA.

I work for the VA and love my job…

Hi Dan, do you think they need a proof that i went through an on-line program? coz i am planning to juts buy the right book, study and take the test to get certified.

Thanks man

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