Pharmacy technician salaries are rising as the global pharmaceutical industry struggles to stay afloat.
The average pharma technician is earning $40,000 to $55,000, according to the latest data from consulting firm IBISWorld.
Pharmacy techs are the backbone of the pharmaceutical industry and help deliver the medication to the pharmacy, where it is dispensed and tested for side effects and efficacy.
In addition, the pharmacy techs make the decisions about who gets the medicine and when.
But they are still not compensated well, and there are some concerns about the pay.
A study from the nonprofit Health Care Access Initiative (HCIA) found that the median pharmacy technician is paid $38,000 a year.
HCIA says the median pay is the lowest of any industry, although the report doesn’t break down the pay by job.
But for those who are earning the minimum, the pay is still better than other jobs in the industry.
“Medication shortages, a lack of quality pharmaceuticals, and the high cost of drugs in many parts of the world are driving pharmacy tech salaries well below what other occupations require, HCIA reports.
The HCIA report also found that only 11 percent of pharmacy tech employees are paid a salary that’s below the minimum wage.
It’s the second-lowest percentage in the country.
Another reason is the shortage of qualified candidates.
A number of factors may be pushing the pharmacist salary down. “
With less than 1 percent of qualified applicants, it’s hard to get the jobs,” said Lori Tarkner, a vice president with HCIA.
A number of factors may be pushing the pharmacist salary down.
There are fewer qualified candidates, said Tarkson.
The pharmaceutical industry is trying to recruit and retain more skilled pharmacy tech candidates.
But it’s not easy, and it can be challenging to convince employers to pay them higher salaries.
HCIS has a number of tools and resources that you can use to improve your chances of getting a job.
First, you should use your skills to get a good education, said Sarah M. Schulte, a HCIA vice president.
She said that students who are enrolled in accredited post-secondary programs should be able to work for free in a pharmacist’s position.
If you’re interested in becoming a pharmacy tech, you can also look for an internship or work experience with the company that you’re applying for.
“It may not be as exciting as working in a pharmacy, but it may be better,” said Schultes.
For some people, a pharma tech job is the only option for them.
For others, there is a more practical solution.
Many are looking for a job in a financial services field.
Many have already found a job with a bank or financial institution.
“They may have more experience in financial products than pharmacy tech,” said Shults.
If that’s the case, it may help to have a bachelor’s degree in finance, business, or accounting, said Schults.
Some companies are also looking for candidates with experience in other industries, such as manufacturing, food processing, or construction.
Some employers are also searching for people who are interested in working in finance or accounting.
The pharmacy tech jobs are growing quickly.
There is more demand for pharmacist jobs as the healthcare industry becomes more profitable, said D.J. McLean, president and CEO of the pharmacy industry trade group.
However, if you’re not able to find a job right away, you may want to consider an internship program.
“If you’re looking for jobs in an industry that you have never worked before, that’s where it’s going to be really challenging,” said McLean.
“In addition, if it’s just looking for an opportunity to get into the pharmacy business, it could be hard to find that opportunity.”
With an average salary of $37,000 and an average job vacancy rate of 7 percent, a pharmacy tech is more likely to find an internship, McLean said.
“The more experience you have, the better you’re going to find opportunities,” said Tristan Bostick, a financial analyst with the Healthcare Information & Analytics Association.
But don’t expect a raise anytime soon.
“We’re seeing the same thing with the job market.
We’re seeing job growth, and more people are going into the profession,” said Bostank, adding that the number of jobs is on the rise.
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According the IBIS World report, there were 3.1 million vacant pharmacy tech roles in 2016.
That number is expected to increase to 3.4 million by 2021, according the company.
That means there are roughly 6,300 vacancies for pharma technicians currently, according a recent report from research firm Euromonitor International.
That’s a huge increase from the 4,300 openings