Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians
Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate. Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels. Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests. Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs. Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information. Price and file prescriptions that have been filled. Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients. Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer. Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages. Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions. Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers. Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
License: This applicant must submit to the Secretary of the State Board of Pharmacy a written application for licensure (furnished by the Board), with fees. Application for Examination Fee: $60.00 Biennial Renewal Fee: $60.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.82   Entry $22,497.00
Mean $14.32   Mean $29,802.00
Experience $16.08 Experience $33,449.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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