6 Things To Love About Being A Pharmacy Technician

Considering a career as a pharmacy technician? If you’re weighing up your options, here are 6 great reasons to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician. 

Just the right level of responsibility

Being a Pharmacy Technician is a great job to have as you’re developing your knowledge and skillset.You’ll work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, so if you have any concerns, doubts, or questions, or if anything is out of your remit, you can defer to them. However, there’s still enough level of responsibility for the work to be rewarding. Speaking of which...


It’s rewarding

One of the greatest aspects of the job for many pharmacy technicians is the fact that you are helping people and can see the impact you’re having on people’s lives. 


It’s varied

Forget sitting at an office desk all day. Being a pharmacy technician involves interacting with members of the public of all ages, and assisting the pharmacist in medication safety. You also have a variety of workplaces to choose from. Don’t want to work in a pharmacy? You can work in hospitals, in laboratories, and even military bases.

It’s an extremely stable job

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Pharmacy Technicians is projected to increase by 4% over 10 years. 

Given that there are drug stores everywhere from small provincial towns to large cities, it also gives you the flexibility to move wherever you like and still find employment opportunities. Pharmacy technicians are awarded national certification, meaning that you won’t have to retrain if you choose to relocate to a different state. 


Good salary

Given the low entry-level requirements, Pharmacy Technicians are relatively well compensated for their responsibilities and the work they do. There are also frameworks in place for you to advance your career. In 2019 the average annual salary for a Pharmacy Technician was $33,950, but that figure increases with formal training and experience.  


Opens career options

Once you have a good level of experience as a Pharmacy technician, you can branch out into several related careers in the pharmaceutical industry. You can work in a research lab, become part of the pharmaceutical salesforce, or even sidestep into a different career in healthcare. 


Now you know what the career has to offer you, your next step is to seek pharmacy technician certification. Want more information? Here are some more resources. 

Blog Post written by:
Arelys Porras
Pharmacy Technician Instructor