|Quick Facts: Pharmacy Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$28,400 per year
$13.65 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||334,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||32% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||108,300|
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication.
Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Most work full time, but many work part time.
Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma. Some states also require completing a formal training program and passing an exam.
The median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $28,400 in May 2010.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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