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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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Schools that offer Bachelors for pharmacy

MA → Anna Maria College
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IL → Benedictine University
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TN → Bethel University
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SC → Clemson University
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ID → The College of Idaho
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IA → Drake University
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PA → Duquesne University
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SC → Francis Marion University
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AR → Harding University
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IL → The Illinois Institute of Technology
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Pharmacy Major unemployment rate

_PharmacyAll Majors
Unemployed%4%8
Minimum Wage%4%4
All Others%91%87
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in Pharmacy?

Going Well%81
Not Going Well%19
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in Pharmacy say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in Pharmacy

Still in Field%81
Got out%19
More: All Majors Still in field ??? A high "got out" percentage can be interpreted a couple of ways -- for instance, perhaps the major is a great stepping stone to becoming a totally different career -- like a doctor. Or perhaps the jobs one gets with the major just aren't that great. *** not counting those currently in grad school

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