Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology offers a complete Pharmacy Technician program to prepare students for work in the field. Our advisors often receive questions from people just like you who are interested in exploring a career as a pharmacy technician, so we’ve compiled this list of some of the most common questions we receive.
Of course, these answers are general and may not apply in every situation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our advisors to discuss your specific needs.
What Is a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technicians are integral parts of any pharmacy. They work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy or another medical facility.
The job includes elements of customer service along with critical tasks related to receiving prescriptions, preparing medication and dispensing medication to customers. For a fuller understanding of the pharmacy technician role, please visit the Pharmacy Technician Career Profile.
How Much Does a Pharmacy Technician Make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for pharmacy technicians in 2018 was $32,700 per year or $15.72 per hour. Pay varies depending on the city you’re working in and the type of company you work for.
How Do I Become a Pharmacy Technician?
While you can apply for positions with a high school diploma, employers tend to prefer candidates with post-secondary education and certifications. Each state also has its own licensing requirements you’ll need to comply with.
The Cambridge pharmacy technician program will prepare you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and once you pass the exam you will find your job prospects to be quite strong.
What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
The job of a pharmacy technician is varied and exciting. Pharmacy Technicians are often the front line of customer service, accepting payments, greeting customers and answering questions. They also work directly with all aspects of prescription acceptance, prescription preparation and processing, and dispensing medications. Typically, both people skills and computer skills are important for success.
For an in-depth look at what a pharmacy tech does, read our article called A Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Technician.
Is Pharmacy Technician a Good Career?
Pharmacy technicians spend their days improving the lives of people who depend on medication to get through the day. It is an excellent career for anyone who is interested in contributing to the public good through healthcare. And, pharmacy technician can be either a permanent career or a stepping stone to future job opportunities, such as pharmacist.
Have more questions?
Our advisors are looking forward to speaking with you and answering any questions you have about the Cambridge pharmacy technician program or career opportunities for pharmacy techs. Give us a call at 877-206-4270 or contact us online today.