The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists pharmacy technicians on its report of the "30 fastest-growing occupations between 2008 and 2018," along with careers such as veterinarians, engineers and physical therapists. How does pharmacy technician work stand out among the other 29 careers?
Pharmacy technician programs range in length from six months to two years and may lead to a diploma, certificate or associate degree. Coursework usually covers topics such as record keeping, terminology, pharmaceutical calculations and medications.
About 75 percent of pharmacy technicians were employed in retail pharmacies in 2010, according to the BLS. Qualification for specialty positions, like chemotherapy technicians, may be possible with more education and experience. Technicians may also head back to school later to earn years of additional education, perhaps eventually becoming fully licensed pharmacists.