Pharmacy tech – a recession busting career choice

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8893_B18_rgb5(ARA) – An aging population and increase in demand for prescription drugs are helping to make a career as a pharmacy technician a very secure choice. In fact, employment of pharmacy techs is expected to increase 32 percent by 2016, according to a 2008-2009 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Are you ready for a career in this growing field?

“Americans are living longer than ever and need more medical treatments. Advances in medical technology are also producing more prescription drugs. The combination of these two factors is putting a real strain on the pharmaceutical industry to meet demand,” says Richard Nunez, department chair and certified pharmacy technician at Everest College in San Francisco.

Pharmacy technicians are a crucial part of the pharmacy team. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for measuring, recording and labeling medications, and they are also taking on more administrative duties, including updating patient profiles, preparing insurance claims and taking inventory of pharmacy stock.The career has great potential for those with a professional degree.

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