Pharmacy Technician FAQ
What is a pharmacy technician?
A pharmacy technician assists pharmacists and interacts with patients, helping people get the medications they need. A pharmacy technician will work in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist to help fulfill prescriptions and interact with the public.
How much does a pharmacy technician make?
The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $33,950 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)5. The lowest 10% earned less than $24,120, and the highest 10% earned more than $49,130. Be advised, salary for entry level positions may be lower than the national average.
How long does it take to become a pharmacy technician?
While becoming a pharmacist requires a doctoral degree and years of schooling, the time it takes to become a pharmacy technician is much shorter. Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program can be completed in as few as nine months.
What schooling does a pharmacy tech need?
A pharmacy technician may be required to attend a postsecondary program, such as Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program. Pharmacy technician requirements are regulated by state boards of pharmacy and vary by location.
How much does a pharmacy tech program cost?
The cost of a Pharmacy Technology program varies greatly depending on the school you choose to attend, any financial aid you receive, and the location of your program. Check out our Net Price Calculator to get a sense for how much a pharmacy tech program costs.
Is becoming a pharmacy tech worth it?
Ultimately, it is up for you to decide if becoming a pharmacy tech is worth it. Some benefits include quick training programs, a median annual wage of $33,9505, and a positive job outlook. According to the BLS, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029, about the same as all occupations.6
What degree do you need for a pharmacy tech?
One benefit of working as a pharmacy technician is that you do not need a degree to become one. While individual state’s set their own standards for how to become a pharmacy tech, most only require a certificate from an approved postsecondary school. Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program can be completed in as few as nine months and helps prepare you for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam.
Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
What does a pharmacy technician do?
According to the BLS, common pharmacy technician job duties include:7
- Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
- Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
- Package and label prescriptions
- Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
- Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
- Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
- Answer phone calls from customers
- Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters
How to get a pharmacy technician license?
How to get a pharmacy technician license will depend on the state in which you want to work. Check your state’s board of pharmacy for specific requirements. Some common requirements include:8
- Formal training program
- Continuing education
- Criminal background check