If you’re just starting out in your career as a pharmacy technician, or you’re considering getting a pharmacy technician certification, you’ll probably want to know what the job will look like in the next 5 years.
We don’t have a crystal ball, so we can’t say for sure. But given certain trends happening socially and economically, we can make some educated guesses.
There will be increased demand for pharmacy technicians
Pharmacists will have to be prepared to support a population which is simultaneously growing and aging. Since older patients are more reliant on medication, there is expected to be an increased demand for pharmacy technicians.
The US Bureau of Statistics estimates that there will be a $5 growth (2019-2029) which is in line with the average growth rate for all occupations. However, this seems like quite a reserved figure given the changes in demographics. Only time will tell!
Job security will not be affected by any future pandemics
Many industries have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing vast layoffs and redundancies. For obvious reasons, this has not been the case for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Pharmacy technicians are critical workers who have kept providing people with lifesaving medicine throughout even the most intense lockdowns.
We still don’t fully know how long the effect of the pandemic will continue. There is also reason to believe that unless humans drastically change their behavior and governments invest in the prevention and treatment of zoonotic diseases, this may not be the only pandemic we experience in our lifetimes.
Whatever the case, pharmacy technicians are highly unlikely to lose their jobs as a result of this or any other pandemics.
Pharmacy technicians will be given more responsibilities
The US Bureau of statistics projects a widespread shortage of registered nurses as the baby boomer generation ages. To compensate for these shortages, it’s likely that those in peripheral healthcare roles will be required to take a more acute role in patient healthcare.
We’ve already seen some of these changes take affect. Technicians have assumed more inpatient physician responsibilities and have taken on extra clinical roles, for example, obtaining medication histories for patients in the Emergeny Department and care units.
Pharmacy technicians will play an ever-more integral role in client care.
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