In 2016, approximately 4.45 billion prescriptions were dispensed. Behind each was a pharmacy technician who worked tirelessly to ensure patients get the medications they need. They perform everything from verifying information, repacking bulk medication, maintaining proper storage, answering phone calls and responding to patient’s questions.
Not only are pharmacy technicians vitally important, they’re in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.
We live in a rapidly changing world. Advances in technology lead to advances in medicine, including an influx of new drugs hitting the market. People also want quicker, more convenient ways of filling prescriptions with many turning to online pharmacies. Since Internet giant Amazon announced its purchase of the online pharmacy PillPack, we can expect to see more patients filling their medications online. More prescriptions mean more pharmacies, and more pharmacies mean more pharmacy technicians.
Medicine is ever-evolving. Pharmacy technicians are heavily relied upon to be up-to-date on the latest information. The best ones stay abreast of pharmacy best practices, new drugs and cost-effectiveness for maximized patient outcomes. Fortis’ training program brings students real-world, hands-on experience and education from industry professionals so they can rise to the occasion.
Rise in Aging Population
According to Pew Research and the Social Security Administration, an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. Boomers also are spending an estimated $275,000 in out-of-pocket expenses to get care. An increasing senior population is boosting demand for healthcare workers, including pharmacy technicians who help dispense medications.
Upon graduation, Fortis students will enter a job market with approximately 26,800 job openings and about 20,700 hires nationally each month – leaving a gap of more than 6,000 unfilled jobs (Source: CBS News). Serving as a pharmacy technician is a rewarding way to help people feel better while working in a field that is growing, which indicates that students can have a fulfilling career without a traditional college degree.
If you’re ready to help fill the need for pharmacy technicians, we invite you to consider one of the Pharmacy Technician programs offered at our Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Tennessee campuses. Visit our Pharmacy Technician program page to learn more about the program and how a Fortis education can point you down the path toward career success.