Professionals can become pharmacy technicians with higher education

Individuals can compete for a position in the fast-growing field of pharmacy by completing higher education.
Individuals can compete for a position in the fast-growing field of pharmacy by completing higher education.

Students who want pursue higher education in order to launch themselves into a fast-growing career may want to consider researching pharmacy technician programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for these professionals are predicted to grow by about 25 percent, or much faster than most occupations, through 2018.

A majority of these individuals work at retail stores and assist licensed pharmacists in preparing prescriptions, performing administrative tasks and providing customer service.

Individuals who complete a college degree will be able to compete for a pharmacy technician position, the BLS reports. Typically, students who enter a program in the field graduate with an associate's degree or a certification, depending on the course of study.

In order to prepare individuals to enter this field, many schools across the country provide associate's degree programs. For example, Utah's Eagle State College offers a course of study for pharmacy technicians. Other institutions that offer this degree include New York's Monroe College and Utah's Provo College, according to their websites.

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