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When an industry expects a 20% growth in employment over the next four years, and an aging population demands more pharmaceutical products than ever, it makes sense to check out the opportunities available. This type of work expects to hire individuals who are not just careful but precise in their work ethic. You need to know your added value is more than just a job well done at the end of the day. Your accuracy and attention to detail can help save someone’s life.
If you believe your direction in life is to help people in need, then take a look at some reasons to start a new and fulfilling career.
1. Quality of knowledge – your certification lets employers know you have the knowledgenationally required standards. Since re-certification is required every 2 years by completing a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education credit, it facilitates your extended pharmaceutical knowledge that will prove valuable to your patients.
2. Increased job prospects/pay – pharmacy technicians who have earned the title CPhT(Certified Pharmacy Technician) can make as much as 38% more than pharmacy technicians who aren’t certified.(www.careerstep.com) Even pharmacy technicians who are already employed typically get a raise once becoming certified.
3. National networking and resources – When you become nationally certified you have a number of networking opportunities as well as access to informational/employment resources. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board offers newsletters, employment assistance and a list of local organizations. Plus, national pharmacy meetings and conventions are a great way to network within the profession. Many offer pharmacy technician-specific continuing ed opportunities, providing you with an excellent way to keep up with the latest advances in the field.
4. Flexible hours/schedule – pharmacies vary in their hours: some are open 24 hours/day, while others offer weekday and weekend hours. Look for a job with a pharmacy that provides options to fit your schedule, and specify during an interview what hours you are available to work as well.
5. Work isn’t repetitive – since each patient, each medical issue and each prescription will vary, you can expect your responsibilities to do the same.
6. Helping people in need – some people just have it; the tug to reach out to soothe those in pain. If this sounds like you then this is your chance to make a difference. Now you’ll play a key role in ensuring the safety of those taking prescription drugs, and provide the care each patient deserves.
Pharmacists can’t meet the demands of today’s prescription medication needs; they rely heavily on technicians to provide an extra set of hands for daily patient care. Your understanding of medical terminology and insurance information will not only help you to perform better on the job, but offer career growth in a growing industry.