Pros and Cons of Becoming a Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians are responsible for making sure that patients receive their medications. In your role as a pharmacy technician, you will have contact with customers and generally work in a retail setting, although some pharmacy technicians do work in a hospital pharmacy. Some of your duties may include compounding medications, sorting pills, filling prescriptions, and ringing customers out.
As with any career choice, there are some pros and cons to the job. Below, we will present you with some of the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision about whether you want to pursue becoming a pharmacy technician.
At UEI College, we offer a pharmacy technician program that focuses on providing you with the skills and training needed to succeed in an entry-level role.
Let’s look at those pros and cons!
- Minimal Education Required
- Job Growth
MINIMAL EDUCATION REQUIRED
One of the biggest pros to becoming a pharmacy technician is that, in general, you do not need a lot of schooling. Most states require pharmacy technicians to complete a career-training program. At UEI College, the pharmacy technician program utilizes real world experiences and can be completed in less than a year.
Pharmacy technicians are in demand and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy techs is expected to grow at a rate of 12% until 2026, which is faster than average.
As individuals and the aging generation require medications, there is a strong need for pharmacy technicians and often a shortage of them.
Another thing to consider is that since there is a demand for pharmacy technicians, the pay is commensurate with it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the estimate average hourly rate is $15.72 or $32,700 annually. This hourly rate can climb as you gain experience, receive your pharmacy technician certification, and take on more responsibilities too.
- Repetitive Work
Working in a pharmacy is tough, especially since the work is repetitive. Pharmacy technicians are expected to perform the same job duties repeatedly throughout their shift and throughout their time at the pharmacy.
You will find that your day consists mostly of receiving and filling prescriptions, answering customer’s questions, and taking payment for medications. This type of work can become tedious after a while and you may even find yourself bored or ready for a challenge.
Stress is another con to becoming a pharmacy technician. Some of the main stressors include perfection, large customer loads, and accuracy. It is VITAL that you correctly fill each prescription that comes into the pharmacy and this can put a lot of stress on one individual, especially when you have a line of customers waiting on you.
Pharmacy technicians also find themselves dealing with stress when it comes to customers as well. Customers can become upset and you may take the brunt of their anger and frustration, which can be taxing.
WANT TO BECOME A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN? UEI COLLEGE CAN HELP
If you have your heart set on becoming a pharmacy technician, do not let the cons stop you. You will find ways to manage stress and make your work environment fun and rewarding!
UEI College is proud that you are considering one of our campuses to advance your career or learn new career skills. Our pharmacy technician program can be completed in as few as 10 months and provides students with an opportunity to learn the skills they need to be successful in a pharmacy setting.
Students enrolled in our pharmacy technician program will learn how a pharmacy works, how to calculate and fill prescriptions, and how to take care of customers. Towards the end of the program, students will enjoy an externship at a local pharmacy.If you would like to enroll in our pharmacy technician program, this program does have ongoing enrollment, which means you can start as soon as you are ready! Contact UEI College today to learn more about getting started.
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