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What is a pharmacy technician?

A pharmacy technician is an essential member of the pharmacy team who fills important roles in pharmacies across practice settings, including community, hospital/healthsystem, ambulatory care, military, compounding, online, veterinary, and more. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist.

How can pharmacy technicians prepare for employment?

Becoming certified is fundamental for pharmacy technicians seeking employment. Many employers and/or State Boards of Pharmacy require certification. PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) are qualified to support pharmacists and patient care teams across practice settings anywhere in the US. Learn about the certification process.

Steps to Achieving PTCB Certification

  1. Complete high school or earn an equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)*
  2. Apply for certification
  3. Schedule your date to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  4. Pass the PTCE
  5. Recertify every 2 years

 PTCB Certification Benefits

  • Respected credential
  • Validated achievement and knowledge                                                                     
  • Improved employment opportunities
  • Potential for higher salary
  • Career growth
  • Understanding of pharmacy law
  • Prestige among coworkers

What is the job outlook?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) projects employment of pharmacy technicians will increase by 12% between 2016 and 2026**. Demand for CPhTs is increasing as they take on a greater role in pharmacy.

How do CPhTs find employment?

The PTCB Career Center at careers.ptcb.org is an online resource to help PTCB CPhTs find jobs across pharmacy practice settings. Through this site, CPhTs from across the US apply for jobs and employers post job openings and browse resumes. 

Have Questions?

Refer to PTCB's Help Center for answers to common questions or to submit a help request.

Career Guide

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Updated: July 2018
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*Candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring their high school diploma or equivalent will be eligible to take the PTCE. For more information, see 
Education Verification.
**US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor