Employers value the role that clinical/on-the-job experiences play in educating and training Pharmacy Technician students in the ‘real life' practice. First-hand experience working side-by-side with seasoned pharmacy technicians as well as pharmacists in both the hospital and retail settings allows students to develop more mature perspectives on the career values and skills necessary in the workplace, and helps to develop qualities of integrity, honesty, and ethics.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 due to a growing and aging population, as well as the dramatically increasing demand for pharmaceuticals as a result. The BLS predicts that job openings for pharmacy technicians will increase as retail pharmacies and other employment settings expand, and as workers transfer from pharmacy technician positions to other occupations or leave the labor force (BLS, US Dept of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. 2006-07 ed., Pharm Tech, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm). In California where there is a documented pharmacist shortage, the occupation is expected to grow noticeably due in part to the expanding role of pharmacy technicians, as pharmacy technicians are assuming more routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists (Center for the Health Profession, 2003. Pharmacy Technician in CA: Snapshot of an emerging profession. Univ. of CA, San Francisco). The increasing demand and expanding role of pharmacy technicians in California are also leading to changes in the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians, and in the educational requirements for obtaining licensure.
The need for an increasing number of pharmacy technicians in the Greater Sacramento Region is well-documented. There are approximately 1,280 to 1,560 Pharmacy Technicians currently employed in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. Regional data retrieved by the Los Rios Center of Excellence projects a 29% percent increase in pharmacy technician jobs within these counties, higher than the projected statewide and national rates (24% and 21%, respectively) over the next nine to ten years. The Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) projects that there will be 50-65 pharmacy technician job openings per year in the Sacramento region for the next five years.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board homepage:
www.ptcb.org- This website administers the national board examination and also allows you to sign up for continuing education classes.
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians:
www.pharmacytechnician.com/- This website provides leadership, and continuing education programs and services, to help technicians update their skills to keep pace with changes in pharmacy services.
National Pharmacy Technician Association:
www.pharmacytechnician.org>- NPTA is the largest professional society for pharmacy technicians, and membership is open to pharmacy technicians, students, and educators.
American Pharmacist Association:
www.pharmacist.com - Provides up-to-date news and jobs through the Apha Career Center link.
Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge:
iSeek - Provides detailed career info pertaining to Pharmacy Tech.
Medical Career Info:
http://www.medicalcareerinfo.com/pharmacy_technician.htm - Provides general info about Pharmacy Tech career.
www.pharmweb.net/ - An extensive database containing links to pharmaceutical professionals, jobs, etc.
www.druginfonet.com - Provides information about many drugs.
www.rxlist.com - The internet Drug index for prescription drugs and medication.