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How Pharmacy Technicians Make More Money

This is a concise look at how pharmacy technicians can most quickly advance their career and most importantly make more money in this in demand health career.

The Pharmacy Technician field is a relatively new field. In terms of recognition, status and the ability to make a decent living it can provide a challenge. There are two ways to begin, one route you start as a retail pharmacy assistant get your time served and take a test to get a state license. The other way is to go to school, take a national test and become a certified pharmacy technician. The first challenge is to get some experience and the second is how to move up and get paid more.

Retail Pharmacy:

Retail is usually the lowest paid of all the options, but if you like loads of customer contact it is an option. Sole proprietor retailers have gone away and have been replaced with chain stores. The new pharmacy retailers are Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreen, and Wal-Mart and Target. Price competition drives these retail chains. Some like to hire pharmacy assistants because they are cheap and most ring up the sales all day. Others will hire experienced and licensed technicians as the can do more and the ratio of registered pharmacist to certified technician is higher, due to the skill level.

Mail Order Pharmacy:

Mail order suppliers are springing up everywhere because of the increased demand to get prescriptions less expensively. If bubble packaging in an assembly line environment appeals to you this is the place for that.

Mail order offers little work challenge and it can get very tedious. Some people work on the phones and computers entering orders. Cardinal Health, CVS, Medco Healths are just a few of the names that dominate this area of pharmacy work.

Hospital, Home Infusion, and Compounding Pharmacies:

If you are looking to build skills, have more variety and most importantly make more money, these are the best places. The trick here is they are looking for experienced help. They rarely consider prior retail experience for these positions. Employers are looking for Intravenous (IV) admixture and compounding skills, this can be difficult to acquire. Sterile compounding, use of syringes, measurement vessels and pharmacy math, are critical .

There are very few places to get this sort of training. The best option can be preliminary self study with some hands on experience. Texas and California have a few places. On the east coast there is a place in Florida, and one in Massachusetts. The Northeast Compounding Institute offers several options. They offer specialized training material, online classes, and traditional classroom training .

The Northeast Compounding Institute :


They are highly skilled professional educators. You can get background details and contact information on them at their informative website. You can subscribe to an informative newsletter on IV admixture and compounding for pharmacy technicians. Expect to pay a fair amount for this specialized training as it very difficult to come by , but is your best bet as a pharmacy technician to grow your career and make more money.

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  1. Lisa

    On June 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    So what is the best way to get in this field. I live in Tampa, Fl and the for profit schools are wanting me bad. I am 49 yrs old and need to change fields so what do I do

  2. ugk

    On June 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    In today’s unfortunate economy, more and more people are forced to reinvent themselves as the careers that they have been in for decades are now rapidly disappearing. However, all the schools listed above are incredibly expensive.

    One option is to continue your education. If traditional schooling is impractical, or too expensive for your needs, one may consider a training institute to learn important skills and make themselves more attractive in a new field. Trade
    schools such as SCI make it easier to break into the pharmacy tech field, for example.

  3. spiritandenergy

    On September 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    NE Pharmacy Compounding Institute is the best place we have found. Those trade school programs drag out the training making you take classes that are of very little use, and they offer you job assistance but rarely deliver based on our customer experience. NE compounding Institute has the highest national exam Passing rate the first time. And the most qualified instructors.

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  4. Cheyenne

    On January 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I Am looking to find out if working with in patients will make more money?
    Does anyone know?

    -Lafayette, LA.

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