Getting a job as a pharmacy technician is a great way to gain experience in a pharmacy and to make money while in school. According to the BLS, pharmacy technicians make $13.65 per hour or $28,400 per year. Job growth in the field is expected to be high.
A pharmacy technician helps a pharmacist by entering data from patients and preparing medications for the pharmacist to dispense. Most pharmacy technicians become familiar with medications, which gives them an advantage when it comes the courses in pharmacy school. Also, many technicians network with pharmacists and pharmacy store managers, which makes it much easier to find a job later on if they want to become pharmacists.
Educational requirements usually require a high school diploma and increasingly, certifications from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Certification from the PTCB requires passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Some people choose to study for the exam on their own, but a few take courses at pharmacy schools designed to give them the knowledge needed to pass the exam.
Becoming a pharmacy technician is a good start to become a pharmacist. Don’t miss out on a chance to gain real work experience, drug knowledge, and a networking opportunity.