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Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

1,493 Associates's Degrees Annually
#31 in Popularity (Associate's)
$34,020 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many pharmacy technician/assistant graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 3,673
Basic Certificate 1,958
Associate Degree 1,291

What Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to pharmacy technician/assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in pharmacy technician/assistant should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors

pharmacy technician/assistant majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors

Pharmacy Technician/Assistant majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with pharmacy technician/assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Pharmacy Technicians 11.8% $32,700

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant?

1,291 Associate's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
75% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 82% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of pharmacy technician/assistant majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 177
Hispanic or Latino 717
White 216
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 125

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant, too. About 1.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $34,020 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to pharmacy technician/assistant. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with pharmacy technician/assistant may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for pharmacy technician/assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 40.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 10.2%
Some College Courses 8.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 4.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.8%
Master’s Degree 12.1%
Doctoral Degree 8.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.5%

Online Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Programs

In 2019-2020, 507 schools offered a pharmacy technician/assistant program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 354 12
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 158 11
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a pharmacy technician/assistant grad is $34,020 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to pharmacy technician/assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 52,393
Physical Therapy Assistant 5,902
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,622
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3,617
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,114
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 787
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 427
Anesthesiologist Assistant 321
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 179
Radiologist Assistant 142
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 134
Lactation Consultant 33
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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