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The Growing Need for Pharmacy Technicians

October 5th, 2021

Pharmacy technician in face mask taking stock of inventoryPharmacy technicians continue to be in great demand, with that need promising to increase in the next decade. As the population ages, there is a need for pharmaceuticals to fight disease and prolong life expectancy. In addition, accessibility to prescriptions has changed from drug stores to mail order and combined retail sales. Choosing pharmacy technician training from Pennco Tech can get you started quickly and easily in the constantly growing healthcare industry.

Healthcare is a Growth Industry

One of the reasons that pharmacy technicians are in such high demand, is that the industry, in general, is changing and expanding. There are a number of reasons for this growth:

The population is aging

Life expectancy continues to increase over the years. According to data from Macrotrends, the expectancy in the United States for 2021 is 78.99 years, whereas in 1950 the expected life span was only 68.14 years. Not only are people more aware of healthy habits such as proper diets and exercise, but they also have a treasure trove of medications that can ease their pains and symptoms. Because more of the population relies on pharmaceutical drugs for care, there is an increased need for those people working in the pharmacy, including pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacies have changed

It was not so long ago that prescriptions were filled at drug stores, and some retail outlets. However, pharmacies are now more available than ever. You may find a pharmacy in a grocery store, a hospital, online and mail order, nuclear and compounding pharmacies, or long-term care facilities. Many venues have drive-up and delivery services, and some offer pickup from a parking lot location.

Pharmacies have also expanded on patient care services.  Many pharmacists are giving shots, such as flu or COVID-19 vaccines, so some of their administrative functions are being funneled to other pharmacy employees, such as pharmacy technicians.

Prescription medications have changed

Technology and increased medical research have resulted in the creation of many prescription medications. Multi-symptom relievers and combination drugs are being used as improved treatment and cost-saving strategies. Staying on top of the drug names and uses requires a pharmacy technician that has been thoroughly trained.

The Growing Need for Pharmacy Techs

Our society is ever-changing, and always evolving. Nowhere is that more evident than the health care industry. Pharmacy technicians play an important role in this industry, and the position will continue to change and expand as technology and medical advancements continue to help the population live a longer, healthier life.

Pharmacy techs may have increasing responsibilities which may include:

  • Interpreting, typing, and filling prescriptions.
  • Mixing, measuring, and labeling medications with the prescribed dosages.
  • Working with physicians and their staff on refill authorizations.
  • Assisting with immunizations.
  • Updating medication inventory.
  • Compounding medications.

Training for a career as a pharmacy technician can be completed in as little as six months with an externship. At Pennco Tech, we prepare you to enter this field by teaching you the terminology, dosage calculations, and IV flow rates that are essential in the business. You will learn to interpret prescriptions and identify the generic and brand names for drugs. We help you become successful in the rewarding career as a Pharmacy Tech.

If you are considering a career as a Pharmacy Technician, contact Pennco Tech or visit our campus in Blackwood, NJ, or Bristol, PA to speak with an advisor about our programs and scholarships.

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