How to Become a Qualified Pharmacy Technician

One of the professions you might want to consider in the health care industry is a pharmacy technician (PT). The career of PT’s these days is booming. Some of the daily duties is to assist in preparing medications and to provide customer service. They also receive pharmaceutical requests. They count the tablets before labeling the medication bottles. They may also perform clerical duties, if they are employed in a place where there are no pharmacy aides available. Basically, they work under the supervision of a pharmacist. Some owners of pharmacies tend to hire pharmacy techs to do both clerical and administrative duties, rather than employing pharmacy aides. This is one of the reasons pharmacy aide opportunities are decreasing.

Starting salary

A pharmacy tech’s duty is to measure, mix, count, label and record the dosage of prescription medications. Those who work in this field can have a starting annual salary rate of more than $19,000 with an hourly rate of over $9. Those pharmacy techs working in a federal executive branch earn the highest salary of more than $39,000 a year with an hourly mean wage of more than $19. The biggest employers for pharmacy technologists are those that belong to the health and personal care stores. In terms of geography, the highest employment level in the PT occupation is in California. The figures mentioned here came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010 report.

Shifts

Pharmacy techs who work during weekends or beyond business hours are paid more through the shift differential’s scheme. Companies may pay them 25 cents or more for working on Saturdays, Sundays or in the evenings.

How to become a pharmacy tech?

If you want to pursue a pharmacy technician career, you must have a high school diploma, as one of its requirements. Most states require their pharmacy technicians to register with the state board of pharmacy before they can work as a pharmacy technician in one of the pharmacy-related companies in the US. Certification for pharmacy technician is not mandatory. However, obtaining a certificate increases your chances of getting hired and earning a higher salary than those who do not have a certificate. The following are two of the private organizations that offer certification examinations for pharmacy techs:

-The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

-The Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians

Eligibility requirements for certification examinations will include:

-High school diploma

-No felony convictions

-No pharmacy-related convictions

-The actual cost of the examinations may be reimbursed by the employer.

The job outlook for the pharmacy tech career is positive. The job growth is increasing positively. Therefore, you will expect to find plenty of job opportunities in the near future. As long as you have the right training, proper education, and substantial amount of experience, you can easily win over the competition.

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