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Pharmacy Technician

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Nursing and Direct Patient Care

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.

Work Settings

Two-thirds of all jobs are in retail pharmacies, either independently owned or part of a drug store chain, grocery store, department store, or mass retailer. More than two out of 10 jobs are in hospitals and a small number are in mail-order and Internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers and the Federal Government.


Most pharmacy technicians receive on-the-job training. However, formal training and certification are increasing in popularity.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because as the population grows and ages, demand for pharmaceuticals will increase dramatically.


Pharmacy Technician $14,000 - $30,000(NYS Avg. $21,500)

Work Schedule

Most work 40-hour week

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