Pharmacy technician

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How to become a Pharmacy Technician

You can become a pharmacy technician in the U.S. with little or no formal training. However, these steps are commonly preferred:

  1. Graduate high school , preferably completing courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physiology.
  2. Complete a pharmacy technician training program. This can be a one year certificate or a two year associate's degree.
  3. Get on-the-job training. You might be able to do this while completing your training program.
  4. Become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the National Healthcareer Association. Not all states require this, but you may need it to be hired as a pharmacy technician.

What skills help Pharmacy Technicians find jobs?

  • Benefits Administration
  • Pharmacy Technician Experience
  • Compounding Medications
  • Pharmacy Software
  • Customer Service
  • Math
  • Data Entry
  • LTC Pharmacy
  • Infusion Experience
  • Typing
  • Hospital Experience
  • Computer Skills

Career progression for Pharmacy Technician

Education levels for Pharmacy Technicians

0%3%4%93%Doctoral DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Pharmacy Technician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience27k28k30k31k32kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Pharmacy Technician in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Pharmacy Technicians

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification
  • Pharmacy Technician License
  • PTCB Certification
  • IV Certification
  • LPN
  • LVN
  • BLS Certification
  • Driver's License
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • CompTIA Server+
  • Licensed Pharmacist
  • BC/BE
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Pharmacy Technician

What are characteristics of a successful pharmacy technician?

Aside from the required education, training, registration and certification, there are some characteristics of a successful pharmacy technician, which include:

  • Active listening
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Reading and math comprehension
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Are there advancement opportunities for a pharmacy technician?

Continued education is the best way to advance your career as a pharmacy technician. Certification opportunities are available to become trained in specialty areas, such as nuclear pharmacy. Depending on the company that a pharmacy technician works for, there could also be opportunities to move into a supervisory role.

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Is pharmacy technician considered an "in-demand" job?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028.

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