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 post-secondary 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

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) for more information.


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