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5 Reasons to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Updated: May 14, 2018

“As a pharmacy tech, you can find stable work in every state and city in the United States..”

Pharmacy technicians (also known as techs) are an integral part of any pharmacy team. They typically work alongside pharmacists in retail locations, but may also be found in hospitals and long-term care facility pharmacies as well.

Pharmacy techs are responsible for filling prescriptions, organizing inventory, processing insurance claims/payments, and working with customers to ensure they understand their medications and their instructions.

Why is being a pharmacy tech so great? We’ve compiled the top 5 reasons of why you should consider signing up for a pharmacy tech training program.

1. Stable, Growing Job Market

An excellent reason to become a pharmacy tech is the expansion of job growth. Owing much to the aging Baby Boomer generation, the projected job growth rate for all allied healthcare careers is higher than any other field in the United States.

Pharmacy tech jobs are expected to increase by 9% from 2014 to 2024. Therefore, there are – and will be – an large number of positions available.

2. Get Your Certification in Less than a Year

“... six to nine months of study!”

With a course like the the one we offer here at MCAS, you can learn all the necessary skills in order to be a successful pharmacy technician within six to nine months of study! Short programs such as these help you get into the workforce without hindering your earning potential for long.

3. Understand How the Human Body Responds to Medication

In pharmacy tech training programs, students study the effects that certain types of drugs, and dosages have on the human body. In order to properly prepare and dispense medications, the pharmacy tech student has to understand what each substance does. If a mistake is made by a pharmacist, pharmacy techs are the last line of defense – and can even save a life in doing so.

4. You Can Find Work Everywhere

Tired of Los Angeles traffic our housing prices? Thinking of moving somewhere closer to family or more affordable for yours? Has your partner gotten a great promotion across the country? As a pharmacy tech, you can find stable work in every state and city in the United States.

5. Working Hours Are Flexible  

Depending on whether or not a pharmacy is open 24 hours per day, a pharmacy tech’s schedule can range from mornings to third shift (swing shift which typically starts between 1pm-3pm) to weekends. Oftentimes, a standard schedule will be supplied by your store manager. Pharmacy technicians can secure jobs working part-time or full-time, depending on the needs of the location.


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