|Quick Facts: Pharmacy Technicians|
$36,740 per year
$17.66 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (As fast as average)|
What Pharmacy Technicians Do
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.
Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in drug, general merchandise, and grocery stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part time.
How to Become a Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians usually need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program in pharmacy technology. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.
The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $36,740 in May 2021.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 43,500 openings for pharmacy technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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