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Pharmacy Technician Careers

America's aging population is expected to increase the demand for medical and health care services in the coming years. This should, in turn, increase the number of pharmacies across the country, as well as the number of job openings for pharmacy technicians.

Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) bears this theory out. In 2012, approximately 373,000 pharmacy technicians were employed in the U.S. The BLS projects that number will increase by about 71,600 by 2024. This projected 9-13% job growth is higher than the average for industries overall.*

So where exactly will these new pharmacy technician jobs be? When you imagine a pharmacy, you probably think about a prescription counter at your local CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens or similar chain drug store. A few independent pharmacies are also still in business in communities across America.

But pharmacies are found in many other places, too. These include many retail supermarkets and discount department/warehouse stores like Walmart, Target and Costco. And, of course, you can find them in medical office buildings, outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, hospitals and HMO facilities.

A growing number of pharmacies are now online. Although virtual, online pharmacies still employ pharmacy technicians to help process online orders and ship products.

As a graduate of Everest's Pharmacy Technician program, you may choose not to become a pharmacy technician at all. As many Everest graduates have done, you could use your education to qualify for work as a pharmaceutical sales representative or other type of health care industry professional.

(Note: Employment is not guaranteed upon graduation. Your ability to find work will depend on a variety of factors, including local market conditions as well as your own education, skillset and work ethic.)

Want to know more about Everest's Pharmacy Technician programs? Contact Everest today. A friendly Everest representative will get back to you immediately to answer your questions.

* Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00

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