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R2pharmD2

Moderator Emeritus
Dec 20, 2010
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Pharmacy Student
I've enjoyed working as a pharmacy tech, but the pay sucks. A good, experienced pharmacy tech is a huge asset to their pharmacy but that's rarely reflected in their pay. I could certainly survive on what I make as a pharm tech if I was working full time, but I'd have a hell of a time trying to retire or put my daughter through college.
 

armorking

King of Iron Fist
Nov 3, 2010
243
2
Texas
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Pharmacy Student
If you can find the job. I was surprised how difficult it was when I was applying. It took me 2 months and I only got the job with the help of a friend working retail.

For anyone reading this thread, definitely register with your state board of pharmacy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! Sometimes you need your registered tech/tech trainee number before jobs will even take a look at you. The process can take a while due to background checks so jump on it early if you are thinking about getting a tech job in the near future!
 
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armorking

King of Iron Fist
Nov 3, 2010
243
2
Texas
Status
Pharmacy Student
I've enjoyed working as a pharmacy tech, but the pay sucks. A good, experienced pharmacy tech is a huge asset to their pharmacy but that's rarely reflected in their pay. I could certainly survive on what I make as a pharm tech if I was working full time, but I'd have a hell of a time trying to retire or put my daughter through college.
I second this. It would be difficult to have a family with a paycheck that could not support them all. I think techs should be valued even more but that all depends on the big wigs point of view unfortunately.
 

Nguyen

7+ Year Member
Jul 29, 2011
170
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Pharmacist
If you can find the job. I was surprised how difficult it was when I was applying. It took me 2 months and I only got the job with the help of a friend working retail.

For anyone reading this thread, definitely register with your state board of pharmacy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! Sometimes you need your registered tech/tech trainee number before jobs will even take a look at you. The process can take a while due to background checks so jump on it early if you are thinking about getting a tech job in the near future!
Tell me about it! I wasn't registered with my state board until my recent employer hired me as a pharmacy tech and said that in order to work as a pharmacy tech anywhere, you must be registered. I called every Walgreens/CVS/Target/Wal-Mart in my local area (roughly 25-30 stores), and they all rejected me due to little or no experience.
 

armorking

King of Iron Fist
Nov 3, 2010
243
2
Texas
Status
Pharmacy Student
Tell me about it! I wasn't registered with my state board until my recent employer hired me as a pharmacy tech and said that in order to work as a pharmacy tech anywhere, you must be registered. I called every Walgreens/CVS/Target/Wal-Mart in my local area (roughly 25-30 stores), and they all rejected me due to little or no experience.
That is rough but fortunately you found a job! Congrats and good luck with everything!
 
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