Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, mail order facilities, and in hospitals. Schedules vary from full to part-time hours.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow nine percent (9%) from 2014 to 2024. This is faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to a greater demand for pharmaceutical services.
- 2015 Median Pay: $30,410 per year, $14.62 per hour
- Typical Entry-Level Education: High school diploma or equlivalent
- Work Experience in Related Occupation: None
- On-the-job Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
- Number of Jobs, 2014: 372,500
- Job Outlook, 2014-24: 9% (Faster than average)
- Employment Change, 2014-24: 34,700
*This information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians (opens new window)
The median salary for the Western Tennessee Metropolitan Area is $28,440 per year.
Certification is not required for one to practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Tennessee. However, the industry is swiftly requiring that new hires obtain certification before employment. Certification maybe optional, but licensure is not. Everyone employed as a pharmacy technician must register with the State Board of Pharmacy to obtain a license. Please visit the Board of Pharmacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (opens new window) for more information.