Pharmaceuticals is a growing field, and the demand for pharmacy techs is high. It is a field that never has a shortage of work. However, just like in other industries, current events have made working in the pharmacy even more difficult than it was before.
As quality of life continues to improve here in the Portland area, the importance of high-quality pharmacies providing life-sustaining medicine grows with it. One of the key careers within pharmacies is pharmacy technicians, the staff who support the pharmacist and complete key tasks within the pharmacy. This career takes much less training than becoming a pharmacist, while still offering excellent pay and opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that pharmacy techs make on average $35,100 per year. However, since this profession is in very high demand, pay may come closer to $20 per hour.
Entry-level healthcare careers help open the doors of opportunity while preparing individuals for the industry. These support roles are instrumental in ensuring clinicians can provide the best care for patients. Our technician programs in pharmacy, phlebotomy and sterile can provide aspiring healthcare professionals with a strong foundation for the future. Here is an overview of each program:
With an extensive background in education, healthcare, and sales, Sheila Meserschmidt has been serving as the Director of the Institute for Health Professionals for 10 years. Her experience helps her to serve the department as it continues to grow to match the demand of the respective industries in Portland. Here she will share more about the upcoming programs, who can benefit from them, and more.
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The PCC Institute for Health Professionals offers several orientations in the next month to help you determine the program that may be best for you and your interests. Two examples include entry-level certificate programs help you acquire valuable training for jobs that come with good hourly rates - and many of these potential jobs offer great healthcare and savings benefits, too. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
Pharmacy technician job prospects continue to represent a success story in the American economy in 2018. Data from 2017 demonstrates there were nearly 80,000 job postings nationwide – with over 1,700 opportunities listed in the Portland-metro region. At PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals, students in the pharmacy technician program enjoy flexible schedules and can become qualified in just six months.
Are you exploring entry-level healthcare opportunities and interested in looking into becoming a Pharmacy Technician?
A pharmacy technician works under a pharmacist's direction in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies and other health care facilities. They fill orders for patients, manage third party insurance reimbursements and complete an array of other related tasks. The Institute for Health Professionals Pharmacy Technician Program is a two part course totaling
160 hours and combines online learning with onsite lab practicums.
Pharmacy technicians perform an important role in pharmacies across the country. Working under a pharmacist’s direction, pharmacy technicians help fill prescription orders, communicate with insurers and patients and perform a wide range of tasks that help people get the medicine they need for better health.
October is American Pharmacists Month and what better way to celebrate than to recognize your favorite pharmacy technicians on October 18. Now is the time to spotlight the people who make valuable contributions to the practice of pharmacy day in and day out.