As the name suggests, a Pharmacy technician is a person whose responsibility is to carry out any work that is found in a pharmacy. The pharmacy technician is a trained in working in a pharmacy, a retail store or a hospital but his qualifications do not permit him to become a pharmacist. He therefore does the work under the tutelage of the pharmacist.
One can become a pharmacy technician through gaining the knowledge and experience when working under the pharmacist who will train him on the job. The more he stays in the pharmacy, the better he becomes in his work.
Another way of becoming a technician is by getting the right qualification from a college that offers a diploma or a certificate course in the pharmacy technician course.
The job of a pharmacy technician will be determined by several factors such as the size of the pharmacy that he is working in and also the qualification and experience that he has. Basically the work entails dispensing the medicine to the customers, weighing and mixing the medicine as required and sometimes he will be required to work at the till. In some pharmacies, he might be expected to collect all the drugs delivered in the chemist, record them and arrange them either in the store or on the shelves as required.
The pharmacy technicians salary will be determined by several factors. One of the main determinants is the qualification of the technician. The higher the qualification that he possesses, the better the salary that he can expect to get. When a pharmacist is fresh from college, he can expect the salary to be in the range of 25000 dollars annually although on the other hand this will vary from one state to another. In case he decides to be paid per hour he can expect to be paid amounts ranging from 10 dollars per hour. This amount changes annually with the pharmacists receiving annual increments once a year. There is no fast rule regarding the amount of increment that is to be given but it is the pharmacist who decides how much raise to give.
For a pharmacy technician who has a lot of experience some countries have pharmacists being paid more than 100,000 dollars annually.
Another determinant in deciding the salary of a pharmacy technician is the type and size of clinic that he is working in a very big pharmacy located in an affluent area can afford to pay a technician well as compared to a small pharmacy located in the rural area.
The highest position that the technician can expect to attain is the position of a supervisor in the pharmacy. The technician can get an amount ranging from 40000-50000dollars per year.
There is a ceiling of a salary beyond which the technician can rise except if he raises the qualification by going back to college and getting a degree to become a pharmacist. Due to the flexibility of this job, the majority of pharmacy technicians are women with men forming only 20% of the total.