Program of Study

Pharmacy Technician
36-week program/1080 hours


2017 Median Pay $42,270 per year

$19.84 per hour

On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2016  402,500

Job Outlook, 2016-2026  12% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-2026 47,600

What Pharmacy Technicians Do:

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. They work in a variety of pharmacy settings, including retail pharmacies and hospitals.


Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Take from customers or health professionals the information needed to fill a prescription
  • Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions
  • Compound or mix medications
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Do routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer’s question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Also, the number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription drugs than younger people.

Job prospects should be excellent for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training and those with experience in retail settings.


The median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $41,280 in the first quarter of 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,840, and the top 10 percent earned more than $40,710.

As shown in the tabulation below, median annual wages for pharmacy technicians in hospitals were $32,400 in May 2010, highest among those industries employing much of the occupation:

Hospitals; state, local, and private   $32,400

Grocery stores          $28,720

Pharmacies and drug stores          $27,160

Department stores          $25,780

Other general merchandise stores         $25,330

Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends. Although most pharmacy technicians work full time, many work part time.

CAJ Program of Study:

This course is designed to provide the student with career opportunities in a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including outpatient, inpatient or retail settings. Lab classes are designed to enable students to compound extemporaneous preparations both efficiently and accurately. Students receive hands-on experience using computers for ambulatory services. Upon completion of the course, students are assisted with their applications to the pharmacy board and national certification examination. Job placement assistance is available to all graduates of this program. Cost of uniforms, insurance, and drug screening are included in the material fees.


Students must have a High School Diploma or equivalency before enrolling. Student will be required to submit a copy of High School Diploma or equivalent or GED certificate to enroll.


  • Customer Service (90 hours)
  • Pharmacy Math I & II (180 hours)
  • Pharmacy Practice for Pharmacy Technicians I & II (180 hours)
  • Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians (90 hours)
  • Medical Insurance for Pharmacy Technicians (90 hours)
  • Pharmacy Labs for Pharmacy Technicians (180 hours)
  • Externship Preparation (30 hours)
  • Externship (240 hours)
    • Community (retail) (120 hours)
    • Institutional (120 hours)

CAJ Gainful Employment Data

• Graduation Rate for Completers:  63%
• Placement Rate for Completers: 84%

Required Orientation & Assessment

  • Every Wednesday 8:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.
  • Please bring your government issued picture ID (i.e. Driver’s License, DMV ID card, etc).