How to Get a Job as a Pharmacy Technician
There are several avenues job-seeking pharmacy technicians can take, including advanced certification programs for technicians who want to specialize in an area, such as drug therapy, pharmacy law or medical distribution. Johnston says students contemplating pharmacy school should consider part-time careers as technicians. “Before they commit to a six-year college education program, it’s always a great opportunity to get some experience and make sure that is a career path that you are interested [in],” he says. “And it also provides a great job while you’re in school, so you’re studying and learning that material in a practical setting as well.”
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What is the Job Like?
A pharmaceutical technician’s work might vary from day to day, and Johnston says the job offers a great deal of flexibility. “There are a lot of pharmacies that operate 24 hours a day – both retail and institutional-based pharmacies – and then there’s also a great amount of flexibility as far as working part time and full time,” he says. “So really, whatever an individual’s desired schedule is, there’s potential to find that type of schedule working as a pharmacy technician.”
However, the job has its share of stresses. “It’s a very demanding job. It’s a very serious job that requires a lot of accuracy,” Johnston says. Still, the profession comes with its rewards. Pharmacy technicians play an active part in helping a patient take better care of his or her body, and they make a noticeable difference in the lives of the people they serve.
Last updated by Stephanie Steinberg.