Pharmacy technicians aid pharmacists in filling patient prescriptions and dispensing medications. A high school diploma is the standard minimum educational requirement, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Therefore, you often need no college. Instead, you normally receive on-the-job training once hired. You can get a one-year pharmacy technology degree or a two-year technician's associate degree to increase your opportunities and likelihood of getting a job.

Additional Career Requirements

A pharmacology tech degree emphasizes math, record keeping and pharmacy-specific laws. Many states require that you get certified to work as a pharmacy tech. In addition to a diploma or GED, your state may require a background check, testing and a formal training program. Each state's pharmacy board oversees its certification standards.

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