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Pharmacy Technician - Career Questions


Q. Where can I work as a Pharmacy Technician?

A. The most common of the places to work as a Pharmacy Technician is a retail pharmacy such as CVS or Walgreens, but there are several other environments available to those entering the field. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes all host their own pharmacies and need a reliable staff of Pharmacy Technicians.

Salary Prospects

Q. What is the salary for a Pharmacy Technician?

A. Your salary as a Pharmacy Technician will depend on your level of experience and your location, as the average salary changes based on your state of residence but the national average salary in 2018 was $32,700.¹ Be sure to check salary information for your state to get a better idea of what you can expect to make with a pharmacy technician diploma.

Career Opportunities

Q. Is a Pharmacy Technician a good career?

A. With increasing demand and projected growth in job opportunities, becoming a Pharmacy Technician is a stable career path. Pharmacy Technician careers are projected to grow by 12% from 2016 to 2026,² faster than the average growth rate for all occupations, making it an ideal time to enter the field.

Q. Do you need a degree to become a Pharmacy Technician?

A. In order to become a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED. Though some workplaces offer on-the-job training, a majority of employers prefer Pharmacy Technicians to have formal training behind high school prior to their employment. Earning a degree and certification prior to employment may also help you earn a higher wage.

Q. How do you become a Pharmacy Technician?

A. You can become a Pharmacy Technician in a few different ways. By going to an accredited Pharmacy Technician school like Penn Foster, you can earn a diploma and prepare to sit for the PTCB or ExCPT certification exams. Some employers accept Pharmacy Technician applicants without a diploma and offer on-the-job training but these opportunities are less common.


² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet here.