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Due to an aging population and technological advances, pharmacy technician jobs are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technician jobs are expected to grow 32% by 2020, creating 108,300 new jobs.
Pharmacy technicians work in hospital and retail pharmacies assisting licensed pharmacists. Their perform basic pharmaceutical tasks, including packaging and labeling prescriptions, processing insurance claims, preparing basic prescriptions and answering phone calls. They always work with a licensed pharmacist, so if a patient has a question the technician can’t answer, the pharmacist is always on hand.
Depending on the facility, pharmacy technicians may work irregular hours. Many pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, so some pharmacy technicians work nights, weekends and holidays. Most pharmacy technicians work full time, but part time positions are available.
In some states, pharmacy technician positions require a certification. These are usually 1 year programs that can be completed at a community college. For those states that don’t require certification, a high school diploma is the only educational requirement. Retail experience is a benefit, as pharmacy technician jobs are customer-facing.
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