4 Reasons to Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician

Considering a career as a pharmacy technician? You’ve made a great choice! There are many reasons to become a pharmacy technician, including job security, career flexibility and good pay. Below are some other reasons why this might be the right job for you.

1. Interested In Career Advancement?

Some choose a career as a pharmacy technician if they are ultimately interested in becoming a certified pharmacist. Being a certified pharmacy technician is a smart first step to take. Additional training is necessary to become a certified pharmacist but pharmacy technicians get an up close and personal look at the job duties and valuable experience in the field. This will ultimately allow you to make a decision as to whether you will take your career to the next level!

2. Love The Health Care Industry?

Pharmacy technicians serve a vital role in the health care industry. However, some people are attracted to the pharmacy technician profession because it offers a chance to work in the health care industry without having to perform any actual clinical duties. There is no blood to be drawn or broken bones to be set. Being a pharmacy technician offers the opportunity to help people and work in the diversified health care industry without some of the dirtier work. In addition, pharmacies are in clean, well-lit, climate-controlled buildings where the professional atmosphere is a pleasant one to work in!

3. Seeking Stability But Short On Time?

If the idea of racking up a pile of student debt right out of high school doesn’t appeal to you, then pharmacy tech might just be a good alternative for you. A pharmacy tech works in the health care industry and benefits from the rapid growth that it provides. Some careers in the health care industry require several years (if not more) of schooling in order to be qualified and certified. With the health care industry experiencing rapid growth and higher than the average national salaries, it is a smart career move. And, there is not a need to go to school for several years, like there is with other careers in the health care industry. Medical Institute of Palm Beach offers a pharmacy technician program that can be completed in less than one year. Our program also includes an externship where the student is placed in a work setting in order to obtain hands-on real-world experience. In less than a year, you could be on your way to a new stable and exciting career!

4. Looking For Convenience?

There are pharmacies in nearly every community and neighborhood. They are located in grocery stores, drug stores, and in hospitals. Finding job opportunities near your own neighborhood and home can be one of the most important benefits to someone interested in a pharmacy technician career. Working hours are usually during the day, with some evening and weekend work required. While most technicians are full-time positions, there are also part-time positions available.

Gaining Your Certification

The need for more than just experience in this particular field, however, is the need to be certified. Certification allows you to stay abreast of new technologies and terminologies, climb the ladder to better paid positions and offers the ability to not only compete with other Pharmacy Technicians but have a leg up with your additional certification.

Nationally certified pharmacy technicians will be at the top of employer’s lists for future employees. This is due to an increase in the number of consumers who use prescription drugs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about pharmacy technician job outlooks, “job prospects are expected to be good, especially for those who are certified.”

At a time when increasing demands are being placed on the health care system, pharmacy technicians play a vital role in ensuring the safety of those taking prescription medications. At the Medical Institute of Palm Beach, we offer a Pharmacy Technician training program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level. To find out more about this program, call MIPB at (866) 317-7626. Our representatives can talk with you about this program, as well as our other career-focused programs.