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Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Pharmacy technicians label and fill prescriptions, order and maintain the pharmacy’s stock levels, fill unit-dose medication carts, package and repackage medications, and deliver prepared medications. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.
Pharmacy technicians work in hospital and community pharmacies, extended care facilities, home health care, and industry.
Pharmacy technicians work the same hours as pharmacists. This includes evenings, nights, weekends, and some holidays. Most technicians work 35-45 hours a week. Since some hospital and retail pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, technicians and assistants may work varying shifts. There are many opportunities for part-time work in both retail and hospital settings.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.
Although most pharmacy technicians receive informal on-the-job training, employers favor those who have completed formal training. Six-month to two-year training programs are available and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree.
Pharmacy technicians are trained in applied science degree programs at community colleges.
Licensure is not required in the State of Connecticut.
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
PO Box 1447
Greensboro, NC 27402