Techniques Magazine Techniques March 2011 : Page 58

C AREER C UR VE Pharmacy Technician with the highest 10 percent earning more than $18.98 per hour. Certified technicians earned more on average than those lacking certification. Job Outlook According to the National Pharmacy Technicians Association, the current job growth is 28.8 percent, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment of pharmacy technicians to increase by 31 percent from 2008 to 2018. Like most health care-related professions, pharmacy technicians’ job prospects will be excellent due to our aging population and the need to replace those who leave the workforce. Explore More PhOTO COuRTESY OF SOuThEAST COMMuNITY COLLEGE pHARMACy tECHNICIANS WORk UNDER tHE SUpERVISION of a li-Educational requirements According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, although there is no national training standard for pharmacy technicians, employers favor job applicants who have formal training, certification or previous experience. Pharmacy technician programs are offered at a number of community colleges and technical schools, and usually range from six months to two years. Students may earn certificates, diplomas or associate degrees. For more information about the career of pharmacy technician and the training and education it requires, here are some places to turn. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education American Association of Pharmacy Technicians American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy National Pharmacy Technician Association Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Pharmacy Technician Educators Council censed pharmacist preparing prescription medications, providing customer service and performing administrative tasks. Their duties may include measuring, mixing, counting, labeling and recording amounts of dosages of medications. They receive written or phone requests from patients and prescriptions sent electroni-cally from doctors, and may schedule and maintain workflow and assist with inven -tory and ordering. The Workplace Pharmacy technicians work in retail and mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, in the mili-tary and in education/training programs. Earnings The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the median hourly wages of pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32, 58 Techniques March 2011

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