Employment for pharmacy technicians has been forecasted to increase by 32% from 2010 to 2020, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor; this figure is well above the average across occupations. As insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient care centers and pharmacists become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will continue to see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy world. In addition, they will begin to inherit many of the administrative duties that were previously the responsibility of pharmacy aides.
Graduates of ACHT’s Pharmacy Technician program can choose to work in a variety of locations, including (but not limited to):
- Assisted-living facilities
- Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s)
- Home Infusion Organizations
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Retail pharmacies
Pharmacy Technicians in California earn a mean wage of $27,750 to $37,750 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2012.
- Counting pills
- Filling and verifying prescriptions
- Labeling products
- Maintaining patient records and insurance information
- Measuring, packaging and delivering medications
- Preparing IV’s
- Transcribing physician’s orders