Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook

Work Environment

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.

Job Outlook

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.

Quick Facts*

  • 2015 Median Pay: $30,410 per year, $14.62 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: On-the-job training or postsecondary education program
  • Work Experience in Related Occupation: None
  • 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.

Regulatory Issues

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.