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Western MA Fast Facts

  • Workers in Hampden County: 540
  • Entry Level Salary:$11/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$17/hour

Hampshire Franklin Counties

  • Entry Level Salary:$11/hour
  • Experienced Salary:$17/hour
  • Education Needed: Certificate
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Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics, May 2016, EOLWD

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles.

As use of the prescription drugs to fight diseases increases, so does the need for pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles.

Pharmacy technicians

  • Ensure patients receive the correct medications and dosages by accurately filling prescriptions
  • Interact directly with the patient in most retail settings, or with a team in hospital or clinical settings
  • Update and protect patient information according to rules and privacy regulations

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Education and training requirements

Pharmacy technicians are not required to have a college degree, but some employers prefer to hire certified pharmacy technicians who have been through formal training. Some will train pharm techs on the job. For some, it may be important to note that in Western Massachusetts, the pharmacy technician programs that are available do not offer college credit.

Pharmacy technicians are also expected to have

  • Good basic math skills
  • Good organization skills and attention to detail
  • The ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to work well with others, both co-workers and the public

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.