Pharmacy Technicians
SOC: 29-2052.00


Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
372,500 employed

Projected (2024):
407,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Accredited Pharmacy Technician
  • Billing and Quality Technician
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Compounding Technician
  • Drug Coordinator
  • Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT)
  • Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech)
  • Pharmacist Assistant
  • Pharmacist Technician
  • Pharmacy Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech)
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Senior Pharmacy Technician
  • Technician
  • Technician, Inventory Specialist

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
  • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Price stock and mark items for sale.
  • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agar slides
  • Autoclaves
  • Automatic bottle filling machines
  • Automatic unit dose strip packaging machines
  • Benchtop colloid mills
  • Blending/agitating machines
  • Bunsen burners
  • Cash registers
  • Centrifuges
  • Colloid mills
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer-based dispensing equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Double-beam balances
  • Equal-arm balances
  • Evacuated blood collection containers
  • Filtering devices
  • Flask washers
  • Graduated cylinders
  • Grinding and shearing colloid mills
  • Horizontal and vertical flow hoods
  • Incubators
  • Intravenous IV supplies
  • Label printers
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Petri dishes
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Robotic dispensing systems
  • Semiautomatic sterile solution transferring devices
  • Single-beam balances
  • Specific gravity testing equipment
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Syringes
  • Tablet counting machines
  • Test tubes
  • Torsion balances
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition TPN compounders
  • Tube filling and crimping machines
  • Unequal-arm balances
  • Water distillation equipment
  • Billing and reimbursement software
  • Cardinal Health Pyxis CII Safe
  • Compounder software
  • Database software
  • Drug compatibility software
  • Inventory management software
  • Label-making software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Patient record maintenance software
  • Pharmaceutical software
  • Pharmacy management software
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Prescription processing software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800