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Becoming A Certified Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians can earn their certification in as little as one year. Pharmacy technicians work under the guidance of a pharmacist. Most community colleges and some universities offer programs to prepare individuals for a career as a pharmacy technician.

As a pharmacy technician you will work under the supervision of a pharmacist. You will be responsible for filling prescriptions, preparing labels for the prescriptions, greeting the customers at the counter, advising the customers of any warnings and how to use the drugs they have been prescribed. You may from time to time have to stock shelves, process payments and perform other duties that are typical of a pharmacy technician.

As a pharmacy technician you can expect to make anywhere from 30k as an entry level technician to as much as 43k as an experienced pharmacy technician. In 2012 the bureau of labor statistics released a report on pharmacy technicians that included a solid outlook on the additional need for pharmacy technicians over the next 10 years.

2012 Median Pay for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacists2012 Median Pay$117k/year
Pharmacy Technician2012 Median Pay$30k/year
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