3 reasons to choose a pharmacy tech career

Here are three reasons why becoming a pharmacy technician might be the right career move for you:

1) Flexibility

Pharmacy Technicians can work in a variety of settings, but are most commonly found in pharmacies in hospitals or corner drug stores. However, the growth of online pharmacies is expanding the working environment for Pharmacy Technicians and some in the pharmaceutical industry are asking the government to ensure these online outlets pay their fair share in taxes, especially as the industry experiences rapid growth.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) recently drafted a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction asking that the group of legislators put increased pressure on online pharmacies to collect sales tax that often goes unpaid by online shoppers. The NACDS estimates that as much as $23 billion is going uncollected in online sales tax and, if changed, could help level the playing

“As you seek solutions to address the federal budget, any final product will undoubtedly have an impact on the states, which are likewise facing their own budget crises,” the NACDS said in its letter to the committee. “Consistent with the goals of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Congress has an opportunity to help the states resolve their own budget shortfalls by enhancing states’ rights over sales tax collection authority and in the process closing a loophole that will level the playing field for all merchants.”

2) Industry growth

A recent report is predicting extraordinary growth for the pharmaceutical industry in the coming years on a global scale, which will have an impact on the American market and continue to raise the demand for professionally trained pharmaceutical professionals, such as Pharmacy Technicians.

The report “Global Pharmaceutical Market Forecast to 2012” from RNCOS says developing countries will continue to lead the demand for pharmaceutical services, which will force a growth in the American market.

Rising per capita incomes are one reason the report says demand for medication will continue to grow at an estimated rate of 6.5 percent each year. With the rapid growth the report also predicts that more policies will be set that require increased oversight in the distribution of medication, meaning pharmacies will be placing a higher importance on hiring professionally trained and skilled workers that understand the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacy Technicians are in growing demand, from corner drug stores to hospitals. If you are looking for a career in the healthcare industry and enjoy working with customers, becoming a Pharmacy Technician could be the right fit for you.

3) Respected profession

The pharmaceutical industry has long been held in high esteem by the public when it comes to trustworthiness and Gallup’s annual Honest and Ethics survey revealed that pharmacist are considered one of the top three most honest professions, a distinction held for the past nine years. Pharmacists, as well as all others who work in the pharmaceutical industry, are viewed as trustworthy individuals and are required to behave morally and ethically, especially since the industry is crucial for the safety and health of millions of Americans.

“In this year’s survey, pharmacists ranked second to nurses and ahead of doctors, moving up one place from last year’s survey,” the Gallup survey report stated in a press release by the organization. “Among respondents, 73 percent rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as ‘very high’ or ‘high.’”

Because Pharmacy Technicians work closely with pharmacists and often serve in an assisting role, an equal amount of trust and ethics is expected of them. That’s because the industry is crucial for patients needing access to important medical care through prescribed medication. Pharmacy Technicians often work closely with patients, helping them determine the right dosage based on their prescription. There is also a lot of work done with electronic filing systems and Pharmacy Technicians are often the recipients of patient’s questions that come into a pharmacy.

“The Gallup survey reflects the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy in improving patient health and reducing healthcare costs across the board,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores President and CEO Steven C. Anderson said in a news release about the survey. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacists are accessible healthcare providers, with nearly all Americans living within five miles of a community pharmacy.”

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