Thinking about a career change and looking for a industry that is quickly growing? Pharmacy technicians are in demand right now and it is projected that their growth will be higher than average over the next few years.
Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists with customer service, inventory management, health insurance processing and dispensing and distributing prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They can be found working at pharmacies, drug and grocery stores and in hospitals.
To become a pharmacy technician, you will likely be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Most states do regulate pharmacy technicians, so you may be required to pass an exam or complete a training program to become eligible to work as a technician.
Your best bet would be to contact your state’s Board of Pharmacy to see exactly what requirements you need and to look into different classes, programs and training.
In addition, some states will require pharmacy technicians to get certified. Even if it is not required, you should still consider getting your certification. This will make it easier to get hired and help you stand out from your competition.
Two organizations offer this certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification requires a high school diploma and the passing of an exam. Applicants for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and have completed a training program or have one year of work experience. Technicians must re-certify every two years by completing 20 hours of continuing education courses.