Employment is expected to increase
much faster than the average,
and job opportunities are expected to be
Employment change. Employment of pharmacy
technicians and aides is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018,
which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number
of middle-aged and elderly peopleŚwho use more prescription drugs than younger
peopleŚwill spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the projection period.
In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs, and as more people obtain
prescription drug coverage, pharmacy workers will be needed in growing numbers.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent. As
cost-conscious insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient-care centers and
pharmacists become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will
continue to see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy. In addition, they
will increasingly adopt some of the administrative duties that were previously
performed by pharmacy aides, such as answering phones and stocking shelves. As a
result of this development, demand for pharmacy aides should decrease, and
employment is expected to decline moderately, decreasing by 6 percent over the
Job prospects. Job opportunities for
pharmacy technicians are expected to be good, especially for those with previous
experience, formal training, or certification. Job openings will result from
employment growth, as well as the need to replace workers who transfer to other
occupations or leave the labor force.
Despite declining employment, job prospects for pharmacy aides also are
expected to be good. As people leave this occupation, new applicants will be
needed to fill the positions that remain.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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