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Safe and Stable Career Options

Tired of going from job to job, or gig to gig? Want a more stable schedule that you and your family can depend on for consistent working hours? A pharmacy technician job is the perfect way to get these, as hours are always set, with great paid leave, holiday time, and scheduling.

Great Job Opportunities and Availability

The demand for medications and pharmacies is the highest ever, and not going down at all with the baby boomer population coming in. There are hundreds of pharmacy technician positions available, and even more coming up in the future to match the increasing demand.

High Pay, Benefits and Time Off

Tired of minimum wage drudgery? Pharm techs can make $30,000 - $50,000 per year, depending on location and the individual company. Match that with great benefits (healthcare, medical, 401k, dental, etc.), and flexible time off and you have a great career that you'll love!

You are on your way to having a secure and safe occupation, so you will not have to worry about paying the bills, or making ends meet in Tacoma. There are hundreds of technician jobs accessible pharmacies all across Washington.

Are you looking at going back to school to get a job with better hours, pay and working conditions?

Ready to procure your family’s future?

Now is the best time possible to get started on your course towards a fresh career as a pharmacy technician.

The profession itself is in really high demand, which will simply continue to skyrocket as the citizenry in the US continues to get mature and older. The best time to ride this rising trend is to hop on the wagon!

There are many schools in Washington, and around the Tacoma place that can help you get the certifications that you should begin your career working in a local Tacoma pharmacy.

There are millions of dollars set aside in grants and scholarships to let people working full time in Washington to more easily afford to go to college.

Are you ready to take advantage of this chance, and alter the future for you and your family?

The Pharmacy Technician Experience

The Jedi Apprenticeship

I would like to think of pharmacy technicians as Jedi Apprentices and the pharmacists the Jedi masters. Before I worked as a pharmacist, I worked as a pharmacy technician for a local hospital. I worked as a technician for 3 years even when I already got certified twice and worked my way towards my MA in pharmacology. The reason why I still wanted to be a pharmacy technician back then was that I had a lot to learn about running a pharmacy, and seeing my pharmacist/supervisor being stressed out a lot had me saying “I think that the pharmacy technician job would do well for me, for now”.

The work experience

So what’s it like being a pharmacy technician? I can tell you one thing: IT IS TEDIOUS. That’s right. It’s sometimes a boring job, but it has some exciting moments too if you’re working inside the hospital. If excitement won’t get to you, then the fact that the salary is very competitive might entice you to consider being a pharmacy technician. On my first year, I earned a salary that was a one pay grade higher than minimum wage.

The hours

When it comes to the hours, pharmacies follow an 8-to-5 shift in retail, 24-hour shift inside hospitals and 12-hour shift inside clinics, depending on the location and the demand for medications. Pharmacy techs are a little bit like nurses and doctors because they end up working 12 hour shifts on a daily basis, which is if there are a lot of patients inside the hospital. During the holidays, you’ll still be working because the medicines don’t deliver themselves to the patients or customers.

The job

As a pharmacy technician, I was tasked to prepare the medications or medicines as prescribed by the doctors for patients or customers, no more no less. If the indicated dosage is intended for 30 days, I will prepare the dosage that’s good for 30 days. If the doctor will prescribe 50 tablets, I will prepare 50 tablets. Part of my job was to accurately measure, weigh, and prepare the various medicines and drugs needed by patients and customers. This was what I meant by this job being so tedious. Weighing liquid drops of medicines and counting pills on a daily basis can be tedious and brutal. Can you imagine counting up to 100 pills for just one customer? Let that sink in for a moment. In this job, you have to be both accurate and fast because there are other customers who are waiting for their medicines too.

The most memorable experience

On my last year as a pharmacy technician, I was working the night shift and these were what you call slow shifts because there’s hardly any customer except for the continuing dispensing of medicines for patients inside the hospitals. There I was, about to take a nap, when a nurse ran in and asked for an Epi-Pen because a patient has had an allergic reaction to the medications. Sadly, there were no Epi-Pens available but I knew of an anti-allergen compound that could still provide the same results. The nurse hesitated but she acquiesced and told me to prepare it ASAP. 10 minutes later, I gave the exact dose to her in a syringe and I was later informed that the compound worked. I got praised by the doctor and the pharmacists in the hospital for some quick thinking.

Well there you have it. That’s the life of a pharmacy technician. If it makes it easier to decide, remember that the salary is very attractive.

With adaptable classes, you can schedule your classes and coursework around children, your work and life in Tacoma.

Say good-bye to demanding and stringent course programs, and appreciate being able to work on your own time, and at your own rate.

The old stringent course programs of Washington are a manner of the past. You now no longer need to appear on time for a certain class, or fight traffic to get across Tacoma from your day job to type.

With online variations of all the classes that are current, you can complete your coursework and all studying from smartphone or your notebook instead of sitting in a Tacoma course. This allows you to work at your own speed, and from whatever place you desire.

Wild week at your day job? Do’t stress – you can stop and restart your group load whenever is convenient for you, so that life occasions wo’t get in the way of improving your career and future.

Many schools have both online and in-person classes accessible, so you could work in whatever environment you are most comfortable in.

Many Washington schools have millions set aside in grants and scholarships for people now working full time.There are millions of dollars in scholarships and grants set aside by faculties in Washington and the federal government, specifically to help cover some or all the cost of attending pharmacy technician school in Tacoma.

Say farewell to strict and demanding course programs, and enjoy having the ability to work all on your own time, and at your own pace.

The old stringent class schedules of Washington are a way of yesteryear. You no longer have to appear on time for a certain class, or fight traffic to get from your day job across Tacoma to category.

With online versions of all the current courses, you can complete your coursework and all studying from smartphone or your laptop rather than sitting in a Tacoma class. This permits you to work at your own speed, and from whatever location you want.

Do’t worry – you can pause and restart your group load is convenient for you, so that life occasions wo’t get in the way of advancing your career and future.

Many schools have both online and in person classes accessible, so you could work in whatever environment you’re most comfortable in.

As baby boomers age, this career option is becoming more and more in demand, so there are hundreds of occupations about Washington.

It’s no mystery that the general population in America and state of Washington is getting.

As more and more baby boomers continue to get older and retire, the demand for medical and medication services continues to skyrocket.

This fact will only continue for years to come, and occupations in these fields will become more and more in-demand as elderly workers need the services even more, and start to retire.

So now is the best time to get into the pharmacy technician career field in Tacoma, in order to give your family a safe and secure future.

There are already hundreds of jobs all around Washington, and dozens in the city of Tacoma that could use a pharmacy tech just like you. Are you prepared to make the job and get into a a steady and comfortable occupation like this?

Last Updated06/23/2019

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Tacoma Pharmacy Technician School

2201 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405

Frequently Asked Questions About Pharmacy Tech Programs in Tacoma

What professional organizations in Washington are there for Pharmacy Technicians?

There are really various professional organizations out there for Pharmacy Technicians to check into. These organizations that are well known comprise the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, National Pharmacy Technician Association, American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. These are all professional organizations serving Washington that many pharmacy technicians have turned into a part of.

What types of schools in Washington offer Pharmacy Technician programs?

As with virtually every other program that can be offered for someone to become accredited or certified, there are many different kinds of school in which someone can become a pupil. They are able to go to several different types of schools as well, depending on the demands of their state when someone needs to take part and graduate from a Pharmacy Technician program. The types of schools in Washington that offer Pharmacy Technician programs include community colleges, technical school, and vocational schools and faculties.

What is the income average for a pharmacy technician in Tacoma, Washington?

While the income sum does change depending on the setting in which they work and the location, the middle part of pharmacy techs in Tacoma will bring in everywhere in the range of $24,000 to $40,000 yearly. Many pharmacy technicians, again determined by where they work, can even get benefits from their job.

How many pharmacy technicians does one pharmacist need?

Part of understanding more about the growing job market for pharmacy technicians is learning about the work that pharmacists do and what help they need from pharmacy technicians. On average, every pharmacist is going to need approximately three pharmacy technicians to help them in the job. Knowing this can assist you when you go searching for jobs in this field in certain regions or states (like Washington).

How does someone find a job in Washington after they complete Pharmacy Technician School?

There are actually many ways that someone can find work in the field after they've completed Pharmacy Technician School. Many hospitals and pharmacies in Tacoma, WA offer externships and internships. Many places have graduate advisers that can help a grad to find job opportunities. There are places in Tacoma that can educate someone to make a proper resume to get a better chance of being hired. There are many other free resources that can help a graduate of a Pharmacy Technician School find work too.

What is different about a Pharmacy Technician from other professionals in the healthcare field?

A Pharmacy Technician differs from other professionals in the health care field. Ordinarily, a Pharmacy Technician will work in the main parts of the business along with the Pharmacist they are helping. They'll be helping dispense drugs at Tacoma hospitals and other places also. The individual someone speaks to when they call the drugstore is generally going to be a Pharmacy Technician.

Can someone without health care experience work as a Pharmacy Technician?

It's not impossible to go to Pharmacy Technician school or get a job in the healthcare field even if you do not yet have healthcare expertise in Washington. Working in this field as a Pharmacy Technician or another related occupation will require that you participate in training. It's really important that you just learn all that you can in your school and in your training so that you are prepared for the occupation as it is kind of high demanding.

What will working as a Pharmacy Technician in Tacoma be like?

In case you are wondering what working as a Pharmacy Technician will be like then you aren't alone. The working states may differ depending on where you get work. Nonetheless, in most of the settings in Tacoma where you may work as a Pharmacy Technician you will be helping patients get their medications, you will be stocking and ordering stock, you may have odd hours, you'll be on your feet a lot and you won’t have much time to slow down as patients come to get their drugs around the clock.

What are the requirements to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in Washington?

There are really numerous conditions that someone must fulfill if they would like to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. They must have their GED or their high school diploma. The second demand is that they must not have any felony convictions. The third requirement is that they mustn't have any drug or pharmacy convictions, not misdemeanors on their record. The fourth requirement is that they must not have any revocation, suspension, denial or even restriction on their permit or enrollment.

Do accreditation and certification mean the same thing?

Certification and certification don't mean precisely the same thing. Certification is an agency or non-governmental association procedure. This is when a student fulfills qualifications that are predetermined from that agency or association. Those pupils who get accredited are those that go through a training program and in addition they go.

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