According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011), employment of pharmacy technologists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In Decatur, the average hourly rate for a pharmacy technologiest is $13.84.
Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists by performing duties that do not require the professional skills and judgment of a licensed pharmacist. Program graduates will be able to: collect, organize, and evaluate information to assist the pharmacist, conduct and maintain drug inventory, receive and prepare prescription to be checked by pharmacist, provide customer service, collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods, maintain confidentiality of patient information, and apply knowledge of working in a sterile/laboratory environment.
Employment opportunities include working in hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, community/home care pharmacy, education, research, and pharmaceutical industry.