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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 4,083
Basic Certificate 2,761
Associate’s Degree 1,497

What Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to pharmacy technician/assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to pharmacy technician/assistant:

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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?

1,497 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
79% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 217
Hispanic or Latino 856
White 240
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 99

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant. About 1.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Pharmacy Technician/Assistant majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,020 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 2018-2019, 536 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) 191 16
Certificate (1-2 years) 341 12
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 158 18
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 191 16
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 60,320
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant 9,273
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,954
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,499
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Anesthesiologist Assistant 82
Lactation Consultant 20
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 12
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

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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