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scooter4 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

8 months ago

It is a lot of hard work but it can be hard to come by at times. In California techs outnumber pharmacists by a wide margin. The biggest problem people don't always see is that, in a retail setting, your district managers always focus on the numbers, everything else is almost secondary at best. If you work in a retail setting then a lot of time (which happens at my job often), you run into a lot of miscommunication between everyone. I've been in pharmacy since I was 16 and it has its moments of good and bad. The important thing to do is focus on what your duties are and what you have to do. Any type of gossip or conflicting stuff just leave to the pharmacist to decipher that way you don't get attacked for it by the higher ups. Also, just remember that you're also working with pills and other types of medication. If you screw up you can seriously hurt or even kill a person if you give them the wrong thing. I hear about that stuff all the time.

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cpht in Long Beach, California

7 months ago

THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL. ONLY CERTIFIED PHARMACY TECHS QUALIFY FOR A HOSPITAL POSITION. HOSPITALS PAY 20DOLLARS AN HOUR TO START. I COMPOUND Ivs n a long beach ca hospital and i make 25an hour. BECAUSE I AN A CERTIFIED TECH I WAS ABLEVTO AFORD TO BUY MY FAMILY A HOUSE. PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED FROM BETTERING URSELF

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Amanda in Gardnerville, Nevada

7 months ago

pharmtech111 in North Carolina said: 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.

Some states REQUIRE training and possibly from a school on their approved list. You were lucky and work in a state that doesn't have requirements for pharmacy technicians. About half require PTCB certification and very few have no regulations at all. Anyone interested in this career should look up their state's requirements first. pharmtechtraining.net/state-requirements.html has requirements by state or go to your state's board of pharmacy website to see what is required.

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7 months ago

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bxp in Bronx, New York

7 months ago

wow you really pay up to $10000 to be a pharm tech? well i mean i paid $1250 for a 1 month course that guaranteed me an internship of 250 hours.
im certified with no license but i want my license now, not that i like my job, matter of fact i hate it. after my internship i got hired just 3 months later by the same company. i feel lucky, not too many ppl ae that way, my pay isnt bad either but would be even better with my license. i have been working there for 7months now and trust me i hate it now. i have no choice thou because 7 months ago i was working at a fast food chain if you ask me i will tell you i prefer the working conditions, and just yesterday i came back from work with a headache!! the ppl i work with are very nice but the sick ppl are the once that make your job hard, the phone is ringing, you have prescriptions to type, you have to fill, you have ppl in your face that want their meds in 5mins, im not complaining but if you want to do this job, i would say try by all means to get into the hospital or you will lose your mind before you know it. what tops it is that ppl come to the pharmacy and ask if we do photos. i dont get it myself. i hate my retail job but i think i would like it better at the hospital having not to deal with people and their nasty attitudes and getting paid up to $18/hr? HEY, I WILL TAKE THAT!! THINGS IS, YOU NEED EXPERIENCE PLUS LICENSE

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Atashe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

7 months ago

Hi, I'm am undergraduate getting a BA in chemistry & I want to be a pharmacist. I'm trying to get into the world of pharmacy but I'm having a really hard time. I was wondering if being a certified pharm tech may help me since most jobs I look at on here want you to be certified?

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Julianna in Purchase, New York

7 months ago

Atashe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: Hi, I'm am undergraduate getting a BA in chemistry & I want to be a pharmacist. I'm trying to get into the world of pharmacy but I'm having a really hard time. I was wondering if being a certified pharm tech may help me since most jobs I look at on here want you to be certified?

I am not sure what your state's requirements are, but here in NY you do not have to be certified. Most job listings that you look at will say that they prefer or "require" their technicians to be certified, but I have found that most retail pharmacies will hire people even if they are not certified. If you are a quick learner, a hard worker, have retail/customer service experience, and good references, you will be fine without certification. I got a job as a pharmacy tech with zero experience or skills in pharmacy and I've done really well. I worked as a tech for 5 years before I got certified and the only reason I did it was because my employer paid for the test. Personally, I think paying for a course is absolutely unnecessary and a complete waste of money. All that being said, I think it is very smart of you to get experience as a pharmacy tech before committing to pharmacy school. Almost every pharmacist I've met in the last 5 years absolutely hates their job. After working in pharmacy for the last 5 year, I would NEVER want to be a pharmacist- for way too many reasons to list on this post (long hours, treated poorly,etc. So, I think it is very smart of you to work in the field so you can have a better idea of what being a pharmacist will actually be like when you graduate, before it's too late to change your mind! No offense to anyone who enjoys being a pharmacist or pharmacy tech, but I've found that many people, pharmD and tech alike, come in to pharmacy to find that it is not at all what they expected. It may be VERY different in other states or in a hospital setting, but this is what I've found for retail stores in NY

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JC in Purchase, New York

7 months ago

bxp in Bronx, New York said: wow you really pay up to $10000 to be a pharm tech? well i mean i paid $1250 for a 1 month course that guaranteed me an internship of 250 hours.
im certified with no license but i want my license now, not that i like my job, matter of fact i hate it. after my internship i got hired just 3 months later by the same company. i feel lucky, not too many ppl ae that way, my pay isnt bad either but would be even better with my license. i have been working there for 7months now and trust me i hate it now. i have no choice thou because 7 months ago i was working at a fast food chain if you ask me i will tell you i prefer the working conditions, and just yesterday i came back from work with a headache!! the ppl i work with are very nice but the sick ppl are the once that make your job hard, the phone is ringing, you have prescriptions to type, you have to fill, you have ppl in your face that want their meds in 5mins, im not complaining but if you want to do this job, i would say try by all means to get into the hospital or you will lose your mind before you know it. what tops it is that ppl come to the pharmacy and ask if we do photos. i dont get it myself. i hate my retail job but i think i would like it better at the hospital having not to deal with people and their nasty attitudes and getting paid up to $18/ hr ? HEY, I WILL TAKE THAT!! THINGS IS, YOU NEED EXPERIENCE PLUS LICENSE

LOL @ people coming to the pharmacy to ask if we do photos!! Oh boy do I know how annoying that is, lmao. What's worse is if you're in a store where the pharmacy is near the bathroom...then you get people all day long asking you to open the bathroom for them.

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nicholasjarnott@yahoo.com in Kalamazoo, Michigan

7 months ago

I speak of only my own success story6, but this story was no accident. I was determined to make it on my own after high school, and living in another town was exciting. Except, I had no experience outside of my bubble. Of all my research, and realizing that school just isn't working for my life right now- and so many friends regret spending so much on a degree they don't use- what am I supposed to take away from this. I researched pharmacy, and found a program online for $1500, no intern or externship though.

After being certified, it was my understanding that 6 months of experience at local or retail pharmacy positions were mandatory.

Hardly the case.

If you have a lack of experince, like me I came fresh out of a kitchen, just doing enough of the right research, asking get the right questions, and understanding what you're getting into.

2 years I got hired at Bronson Hospital, staring full time with amazing $14/hr pay. Since, as of now, I have received three raises and two promotions, flying straight to the top tier of technician qualification and pay. Never think you are limited, all is possible. Always qualify yourself first, why not earn it. I now make $17.19/hr and I just turned 24.

Hope this was inspirational, and not preachy...just believe in the technicians' capabilities :)

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nicholasjarnott@yahoo.com in Kalamazoo, Michigan

7 months ago

But I strongly emphasize that I only speak for a HOSPITAL SETTING!!

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sarahmccue92 in Spotsylvania, Virginia

7 months ago

after reading a lot of these comments i decided id share my story. i got my national certification in august which i am not regretting. i know from colleagues and what not that many institutions in Virginia are pushing for applicants to have their PTCB cert and state license as well. in virginia hospital techs make hands down a lot more than retail. I was lucky school wise and did a free online tech program through a non-profit pharmacy in the area. I have volunteered regularly with them for two years and have never regretted it because it was great experience and provided plenty of networking and people willing to provide glowing references. I recently graduated from college and got hired as a tech in a unit dose packaging dept in a hospital at $14.00 PRN. I would recommend volunteer work to anyone because without it i might not have gotten hired for that job, im also under consideration for a job at a Giant foods pharmacy and without my volunteer experience they probably would not be considering me.

also i would recommend applying in person, or inquiring about openings in person that way people doing the hiring have a face to match to a name and application. So far that method has worked out for me. If anyone has questions about current technician issues in Virginia feel free to ask

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RxTechExam in Washington, District of Columbia

7 months ago

It's great to hear some great stories from you all regarding your experiences taking the pharmacy tech exam and your willingness to report your salary details. Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand in most but not in all localities... Landing your first gig can be a lil rough but I whole heartedly agree with Sarah... Apply in person, I've never met a hiring manager interested in job requests by phone. Also, while you might be able to study on your own and pass the exam, it will be easier to find a job if you have some sort of formal training. Don't break the bank doing it though.

Preston Davis
www.RxTechExam.com
Online Pharmacy Tech Training

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Angrytech in Portland, Oregon

7 months ago

For all those interested in this career I would say don't listen to everything that people say and how bad of a job it is. I have been a tech for 7 years I was involved in a new pharmacy start up from the ground up I mean from square -0 to go and a software conversion of a large pharmacy with 5 locations all ltc. I can tell you is not all grunt work it can be very rewarding. My salary is 24 an hour I own my own house my wife is a stay at home mom with my 3 year old and we have money to spare so don't give up hope I talk on a daily basis to the ceo / cfo and the coo of a multi million dollar company so if you work hard you will get places I have had offers from 3 other local pharmacies asking if I want to work for them I don't want to make myself sound like I am all that I just don't want competent people giving up a good career.

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mcneillmama3 in Asheboro, North Carolina

6 months ago

I too am frustrated with healthcare. I spent 16 years of my life working as a geriatric nurse with an AAS Degree in Nursing. Then our federal gov't and state board of nursing starts telling all ADN nurses that to be competitive for the future changes in healthcare, you need to get a BSN. I borrowed money to pay for an expensive fast track program, and paid for National Certification in my field, a 350$ exam + $3000 in student loans. One year after going through all that, I lost my job. Nobody is going to hire me now. I'm 54 years old with the same issues you are having-IBS, polymyalgia rheumatic, and a herniated disk in my lumbar spine from lifting obese patients without help adequate help and improper lifting equipment. I thought about going back to work in a pharmacy, how I paid my way through the ADN program. Pharmacies won't hire nurses because they know the pay is no where = and if I put down 16 years of nursing, then they want to know why I want to get out of it? That puts me in a position to come up with some answer other than I have a herniated disk and health problems.

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mcneillmama3 in Asheboro, North Carolina

6 months ago

cricket said: I WOULD NOT WORK FOR CVS PERIOD. THEY TREAT YOU LIKE CRAP, NO MONEY, NO BREAKS JUST THREATS ALL THE TIME. I WAS JUST FIRED UNJUSTLY AFTER OVER 4 YEARS OF WORKING MY BUTT OFF FOR THEM BUT THEN AGAIN I ALSO HAVE A WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW SUIT GOING WITH THEM. WOW I WONDER WHY I WAS FIRED. I WAS WARNED BY SOMEONE IN MY STORE "YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED IF YOU HAVE A WORKERS COMP CASE GOING AND BOY WAS SHE RIGHT" STAY AWAY STAY FAR AWAY FROM CVS. BY THE WAY AFTER OVER 4 YEARS ONLY MADE $9.65 AN HOUR ISN'T THAT A SHAME FOR BUSTING YOUR AS- 9 HOURS A DAY WHILE THE DUMB AS- PHARMACIST IS MAKING OVER $120,00.00 A YEAR

I agree CVS has always been rude to its employees. No training and their answer to your questions is "Do the best you can." "You'll just have to figure it out and do it." When I'm dealing with people's medications? That is not the right answer. That is not how you train and orient your employees.

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mcneillmama3 in Asheboro, North Carolina

6 months ago

bluestangsue in Tennessee said: I have been a Certified Tech since 2003 and a tech for a total of 9 years now. I work for a major retailer (that shall be nameless here, but I think you can figure it out) I make about $2 more per hour than average for this area (thanks to a generous boss and becoming certified when she still had the option of rewarding it with a raise) -and still I barely make enough to support myself.

I cannot imagine any other job in a medical field where having someone's life in your hands (which we do!) pays SO LITTLE for SO MUCH STRESS!!!

THIS JOB IS KILLING MY SOUL!!! I have IBS and depression (as does almost everyone I work with) -sometimes I can't sleep, most times I don't want to get out of bed.
too am frustrated with healthcare. I spent 16 years of my life working as a geriatric nurse with an AAS Degree in Nursing. Then our federal gov't and state board of nursing starts telling all ADN nurses that to be competitive for the future changes in healthcare, you need to get a BSN. I borrowed money to pay for an expensive fast track program, and paid for National Certification in my field, a 350$ exam + $3000 in student loans. One year after going through all that, I lost my job. Nobody is going to hire me now. I'm 54 years old with the same issues you are having-IBS, polymyalgia rheumatic, and a herniated disk in my lumbar spine from lifting obese patients without help adequate help and improper lifting equipment. I thought about going back to work in a pharmacy, how I paid my way through the ADN program. Pharmacies won't hire nurses because they know the pay is no where = and if I put down 16 years of nursing, then they want to know why I want to get out of it? That puts me in a position to come up with some answer other than I have a herniated disk and health problems.

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Ken in Las Vegas, Nevada

6 months ago

cpht in Long Beach, California said: THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL. ONLY CERTIFIED PHARMACY TECHS QUALIFY FOR A HOSPITAL POSITION. HOSPITALS PAY 20DOLLARS AN HOUR TO START. I COMPOUND Ivs n a long beach ca hospital and i make 25an hour. BECAUSE I AN A CERTIFIED TECH I WAS ABLEVTO AFORD TO BUY MY FAMILY A HOUSE. PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED FROM BETTERING URSELF

Are you compound or IV certified? If so, through who?

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DNA in Detroit, Michigan

6 months ago

I definitely think becoming a PT is a waste of time. I was fortunate to get on the job experience and didn't have to spend on PT school, but I never would have considered going to school for this to begin with. The amount most PTs earn doesn't justify spending thousands on school and some of the techs I work with are stuck with loans and not enough money to pay them off. It's a respectable job but the pay is a joke for the amount of work we do! From what I know hospital PTs earn more but it's hard to get that kind of a job so most are stuck in low-paying retail. No, it's definitely not worth it. Invest in your education but do it wisely. Get a bachelor's instead of this worthless certification.

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jeff in Kingsland, Georgia

6 months ago

hi i am 37 year old white male certifield pharmacy tech and i take pride in my job. i tried for many years to get into pharmacy school but was not able to. my career counselor she told me that 30 years ago i would have gotten in no problem but today its a different story. so many young women now want these positions and so its become so competitive. She told me i need to set my sights lower as i dont have the best grades/test scores. She suggest lpn, lab tech, pharm tech and so i went with pharm tech. The pharmacist i now work under is young Asian woman. She is so demanding! i let her know that i need as many hours as possible as i really need the money. She told me she want me to do her housework! She notice that i do best job of keeping pharm clean and well organized. Her last maid (also pharm tech) she moved and now she need someone new. i said no but she kept on me about it. finally i gave in. i live in a trailer and really need the money. She only in her 20s and only pay me the minimum wage. but its really important to me to have a good relationship with my Boss. ya know? She told me that if i dont obey her then it could be a problem. i dont want no problem! anyway at first i hated it but i got use to it. once a week i go and clean up after her. Her house is like a mansion! still i feel like she is taking advantage of me? what should i do? She do my eval and determine my pay rate etc. She can be verbally abusive but i just keep my mouth shut. i cant afford to lose my job.

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jeff in Kingsland, Georgia

6 months ago

main problem i feel is that she dont respect me.

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FutureHealthPro in North Carolina

5 months ago

pharmtech111 in North Carolina said: 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....

I’ve just got hired at Walgreens as a pharmacy “cashier” at min. wage. I was told I’d be handling the cash register in the pharmacy and some other duties. However, I when I applied I applied for a pharm tech position and the manager told me they currently only had a pharmacy cashier position open & plus the pharmacy manager wanted to see how well I could handle the register. I was surprised b/c I didn’t even know there was such thing as a cashier for the pharmacy. I thought it was just handled by the techs.

After your month of working did you ask about being moved to a tech position or did they offer the position to you? Also have you attended any classes or taken steps to become certified yet? Thanks.

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edward in Waukegan, Illinois

4 months ago

The pharmacy technician programme should be seen as a stepping stone and perhaps allowing for a more realistic view of the kind of profession one wants to end up with and nothing more. Realistically, if we are as good as we claim then the programme itself sells itself. You can, with certification, transfer to some similar college program and look beyond the crumbs that you are being dealt. The job market is bad as it is and the piece of paper is a start.
A school programme (community college) is less expensive and you get to connect with fellow student of who is getting the best return and just go in that direction.

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tabu72 in Richmond, Virginia

1 month ago

I'm a pharmacy tech and I believe the field has been very rewarding. I have made a career out of it and this is how I support my family. There is plenty of room to grow in this field. I was first a cashier at cvs where I received my certification. There i because inventory specialist and then lead tech. From there I accepted a job a hospital pharmacy working as an iv tech. There I sat in a chair while I made my iv's all day. Moving up the supervision postion making $20/hr. Now I am at a local college sharing my knowledge making $25/hr and just got promoted to program director. So being a pharmacy technician is very rewarding and has been to me as a single mom.

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hrachelle21 in Keller, Texas

1 month ago

brown_dude34 in Roslindale, Massachusetts said: The biggest grip I have with the pharmacy technician field is that its so misleading to people...

This is a wild mis-representation of pharmacy technicians. anyone that has worked as a pharmacy tech for more than 5 years would agree. this statement is made by someone who has worked in retail pharmacy and for a short period of time. There are VAST opportunities for a pharmacy technician to have a good career. this person is narrow minded and cant think beyond what they see. Retail pharmacy is simply a STARTING point to a pharmacy techs career. I, myself, started there. I moved up as a clinical pharmacy tech and eventually lead pharmacy tech in a hospital. THAT is not a "GRUNT" position I assure you. If you do your job correctly, there are lots of people that depend on you and your knowledge. Patients, physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacist, ect. I have since moved up from that position to a software designer for a pharmacy software company. there are also many other pharmacy tech positions such as research pharmacy techs, mail order pharmacy techs, management positions, private company positions, oncology/chemo certified pharmacy technicians, as I mentioned earlier, lead pharmacy technicians, teaching positions, consultant positions....besides, being a pharmacy tech means working in healthcare...NEWS FLASH!!!! WE ARE ALL UNDERPAID!!!
By the way...I am a pharmacy technician and I make just over 50,000 year. ;)

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JB in American Canyon, California

19 days ago

I have been a licensed pharm tech for 5 years now and I can shed some light on this topic. I took the interest in the pharm tech program that was being offered by a technical school called Boston Reed. Back then, the program was being offered at less than $2k and it was a 9 mo. program that allows you to be state certified when done. They require individuals to do a non-paid externship at the end of the course. I did my externship at a Rite Aid pharmacy and 5 years after, I still work at the same store that I did the externship at.

This company, particularly the district in which my store is part of, is very unique and unlike any other job that I have had in the past. First off, the pharmacy technicians and store employees are part of a worker's union which can be good in some ways such as protecting employee rights and wages. At the same time, because we are unionized the company caps the salary for pharmacy technicians lower than any of the other leading retail pharmacies around my region. Working here for 5 years, I maxed out at just under $17/hour. A colleague who has been a pharm tech at my store for 12 years makes the same salary as I do. Therefore, Rite Aid is a good compamy in terms of holding on to your job for a very long time. However, the room for advancement is very slim in this company. They only offer one higher position that pharm techs can jump into and that position pays a miserable $1 more! On top of that, my district does not hire enough technicians like if someone were to call in sick, or if someone is on a maternity leave, or someone became injured or is on a vacation, my particular district does not have a single extra tech who they can assign to fill in those empty slots. Instead, the company assigned someone in that higher position (previously a tech for 10 years), to be in charge of basically calling every store in our district and asking every single technician who isn't a full timer to fill in those shifts. That is cheap!

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JB in American Canyon, California

19 days ago

JB in American Canyon, California said: continuation...

The company can hire and put together a well-staffed group of pharmacist that can be assigned to stores all around the entire region to fill in any pharmacist who is on a vacation, but with the pharm techs that company will only hire enough to cover a days worth of work per store.

The type of work can seem horrible at first because in the technical school feeds their students a work environment in like a hospital or clinic but in reality, 99% of all new technicians will start off retail. In retail, you will spend most of the time doing about 85% of ALL pharmacy related work. The pharmacist has to have room to consult patients with new rx's, log the narcotics daily and as they dispense, take care of customer issues, set up flu clinics, give vaccines. The work can depend HEAVILY on what type of store you happen to land a job at. My store in particular is a narcotic's hangout, about 1 in every 3 rx's is a narcotic CII norco. I've worked here so long that I got used to all the cII rx's and the type of patients (usually the nagging ones with county insurances or insurances that have lapsed). However, sometimes I work at other stores in better communities of the Bay Area and the people are very very different. I would say most of the stress as a tech is associated with the type of people you deal with. If you work with elderly or $$ well-off, educated people, non section-8 or welfare ppl, the work at that store is usually a piece of cake. You still may be busy, but at least you won't have the headache of dealing with insurance or with people who CANNOT PAY and still want you to give them free pills, or that they want you to fill in 5 minutes, or who argue about when it's time to fill their narcotics. I am glad I will be transferring into a 4-year university this fall to complete my engineering undergrad. I will never have to deal with the sick, psychotic drug fiend again! =)

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jacobjredsox in Aurora, Colorado

3 days ago

financially frustrated in Deltona, Florida said: 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.

I work as a Compounding Pharmacy Technician for a company called CAPS. I'm 5 months out of school and am already making 25 an hour. Laziness will get you nowhere people. All you have to do is want it. Complaining about this is completely stupid. I prove all of this wrong. I'll be making 30 an hour by the end of this year. STRIVE FOR GREATNESS!

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TWA1958 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

2 days ago

jacobjredsox in Aurora, Colorado said: I work as a Compounding Pharmacy Technician for a company called CAPS. I'm 5 months out of school and am already making 25 an hour. Laziness will get you nowhere people. All you have to do is want it. Complaining about this is completely stupid. I prove all of this wrong. I'll be making 30 an hour by the end of this year. STRIVE FOR GREATNESS!

I have been a nationally certified Pharmacy Tech since 2002, after being laid off from the Telecom industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (and I have a Bachelors degree from The University of Texas)..I have worked both hospital and retail, and I can tell you people that alot of these so-called success stories are bs...The truth is 90% or better will start off in retail after getting national certification (many will be part-time, due to retail chain cutbacks), making from $10-$16/hr depending on locale...If you're lucky, you might get a position in a hospital pharmacy at $14-$18 starting...Good enough to support oneself, but hardly lucrative...If you want to work in the healthcare field, my advice...Go Nursing (become a RN), or respiratory...Or if you have the intellect, become a pharmacist, or perhaps a PA after earning your Bachelors in Biology...Pharmacy Techs are a dime a dozen...Wished I had gone to PA school :(

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Hrachelle in Houston, Texas

2 days ago

Yep. You have to want it. I'll say it again. I've been in pharmacy for a long time. Started out in retail and worked my way through different pharmacy industries. I am a salaried worker at just over 50000/year. It's pure laziness and the the fact that you are not making a quick dollar that makes you mad. No industry is going to pay you more than you are worth. Take that however you will. If you want to make more you have to make yourself more valuable.

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TWA1958 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

2 days ago

Hrachelle in Houston, Texas said: Yep. You have to want it. I'll say it again. I've been in pharmacy for a long time. Started out in retail and worked my way through different pharmacy industries. I am a salaried worker at just over 50000/year. It's pure laziness and the the fact that you are not making a quick dollar that makes you mad. No industry is going to pay you more than you are worth. Take that however you will. If you want to make more you have to make yourself more valuable.

I plan on doing just that...I will have my 2nd Bachelors (in Biology) in May of 2016 (at age 58), and plan on apply to PA schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and possibly New Mexico...Congrats on your position...I would have to say however, you are the exception, and not the rule.

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