Pharmacy technician employment requirements

by Jane

I am thinking about pursuing a career in pharmacy. My plan is to work as a pharmacy technician for 5 years and then go to pharmacy school for a pharmD. I have been researching the field of pharmacy tech online and I am getting mixed feelings about it. I really just want to know; what do employers look for when they are recruiting new employees? I have a BS in psychology and retail experience but I also have very bad credit. My plan is to purchase several books and study for 3 months or so for the certification test and become certified. I want to ideally volunteer in a pharmacy but I really don't know how to go about it at this point. I really don't want to go to school for this unless it will guarantee I get a job afterward. I graduated 2 years ago with my BS and all I can get is minimum wage jobs in retail where the hours are cut from time to time. What else do I need to do to get a position as a pharmacy technician?
will my bad credit make it impossible for me to get hired as pharmacy tech?

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May 06, 2011
Pharm tech employment requirements
by: Anonymous

I have not had any luck in finding employment either, with retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy since I do not have 1 or 2 years experience. Even though I passed the PTCB exam and got my certification. I can not even find a place that will let me work for free. I wish I had done more research before spending $1000.00 for a pharmacy technician course. Good luck to you! Maybe you can find a place to volunteer to get your experience, but so far I have not found that opportunity.

May 14, 2011
by: Janie

That's really sad to hear. Just keep looking and you will find something. Don't give up because there are jobs out there. I keep checking the different job postings from various sites and I can always find at least 1 pharmacy tech job.

May 29, 2011
by: Anonymous

I was hired at Walgreen's as a cashier. I am going to school for a BS in computer science and had no pharmacy experience. After working at the register for a few months, I was asked by the pharmacy manager if I wanted to work in the pharmacy for flu shot season. Things went well and I have been a tech for over 7 months and Walgreen's is sponsoring me to take the PTCB.

Jun 17, 2011
pharmacy tech
by: Lee

Most Pharm Tech jobs are in a retail pharmacy. Since they are retail jobs, they have the same downfalls of retail. I am a full time employee and have had my hours cut from time to time. My manager will have a period when there are not enough employees for the hours given, they hire someone to fill in...then the budget gets cut...It's up to the manager who gets the hours based on availability, seniority, ability and his/ her personal preference.

Still I enjoy getting most holidays off and a fairly regular schedule.

I am studying for the certification exam...It's hard!

Jul 19, 2011
by: vicky

I live in Texas and passed the national ptcb test in April. I'm looking for a job as a pharmacy technician. I read online, that "once you pass the national ptcb test, you are now a certified pharmacy technician. According to the rules of most states you now have to register with your individual state...". Do i need to do that in Texas BEFORE I apply for a job? can you guide me, please! thanks.

Mar 08, 2012
Pharm Tech to Pharmacist
by: CLK

Have you checked out the requirements to get into Pharmacy School and earn a Pharm D? It's like going to medical school after college. You need all of the chemistry and biology prerequisites to enter pharmacy school, then it's 4 years of study after your bachelor's degree. The degree is a Doctor of Pharmacy. It is NOT just an extension of a pharmacy tech.

Mar 23, 2012
state registration
by: vena

Is it compulsory to register to your home state after passing the ptcb certification exam? thank you

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