How To Get a Pharmacy Technician Job

Jobs in the medical field are some of the most stable vocations, because people always have a need for health care. But getting a health-care related job does not necessarily mean you must be a doctor or nurse.

A pharmacy technician job is one that pays well, and allows you the security of working in the medical field without the cost of attending med school. Pharmacy technicians are not lead pharmacists, but they assist primary pharmacists in assembling prescriptions and working with customers.


Pharmacy technicians have a variety of duties that relate to handling prescription drugs, so hiring managers are looking for employees who are mature and who possess organizational and memory skills to make certain that patients receive the correct medications in the correct doses.

In order to apply for pharmacy technician employment, you will need a high school diploma. Though currently most state laws don't require any type of formal certification to hold this position, there are vocational schools that will offer a pharmacy technician training course.

Employers will look at your resume more seriously if you have completed one of these courses, simply because the knowledge you will gain during the course will give you an edge over less knowledgeable applicants, as well as lessen the time you will need to train for the job.

Many times, when a new position opens up, managers and hiring decision-makers would prefer to work with someone who is well prepared to jump in and begin working quickly, so passing a national certification test for pharmacy technician work would work in your favor.

Other factors that can strengthen your chances of landing a pharmacy technician job include your interpersonal communication skills, math aptitude and any prior experience working or volunteering in a medical setting.

After attending pharmacy training school, you will need to do some research concerning the state laws where you wish to work in order to determine whether or not you will need to sit for a certification exam. You also may need to become registered and licensed with your state pharmacy board.

Though in many states the process of becoming registered and licensed beyond a pharmacy technician training course is not required to work as a pharmacy technician, you can opt for voluntary certification and licensing. Though it may not be necessary, voluntary certification may make you look more attractive as a candidate to the hiring manager.

When you have completed training and licensing and composed your resume, you can begin looking for a pharmacy technician job by taking your resume to managers at various pharmacies in the area where you wish to work.

Because pharmacies are a fixture at many places of business, there is no shortage of locations where you can begin your search. In addition to hospital and medical office locations, pharmacies now exist in large discount chains, membership bulk retailers, grocery stores and neighborhood drugstores.

Stay diligent in your search and be sure to be pleasant and professional when sending out your pharmacy medical resume and asking for interviews. Also be aware of any internship or assistant positions that open up at pharmacies. If you begin working in one of these jobs, it is possible that when a technician position becomes available, you will be in line for a promotion.


Gail Esparan