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Pharmacy Technician

What Pharmacy Technicians Do

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication.

Work Environment

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part time.

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma. Some states also require completing a formal training program and passing an exam.


The median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $28,400 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Quick Facts: Pharmacy Technicians
2010 Median Pay $28,400 per year
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 334,400
Job Outlook, 2010-20 32% growth rate

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