pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent from 2008 to
2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
The increased number
of middle-aged and elderly peopleŚwho use more prescription drugs than
younger peopleŚwill spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the
projection period. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new
drugs, and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy
workers will be needed in growing numbers.
Employment of pharmacy
technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent. As cost-conscious
insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient-care centers and pharmacists
become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will continue
to see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy. In addition, they
will increasingly adopt some of the administrative duties that were
previously performed by pharmacy aides, such as answering phones and
opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be good,
especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or
certification. Job openings will result from employment growth, as well
as the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or
leave the labor force.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.