Pharmacy Technicians

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Will "Pharmacy Technicians" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's highly likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll is less clear, and shows a 73% chance of automation within the next couple of decades.

Automation Risk Level

You are doomed

or 92% probability of automation

Projected Growth

9%

by 2024

Median Annual Wage

$30,920

or $14.86 hourly

People Employed

398,390

as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 571 out of 706

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Job description

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

SOC Code: 29-2052

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Alice (Likely) says
Techs are likely to be replaced in my opinion. We can say that pharmacists don't like doing tech work, but their feelings really don't matter in this job market. Qualified Pharmacists are struggling to find jobs right now. And with so many pharmacy schools opening, the competition is going to become stiffer and stiffer.

Also low level clerical work (like monitoring diversion of controlled substances) is already highly likely to be automated.
Dec 22, 2019 at 02:23 PM
pharmtekken says
For the regular pharmacy tech I can see automation on the Horizon, but one thing remains certain Pharmacists will always only want to do "pharmacist work" and not want to do "tech work" thats not what they went to school for. Pharmacists enjoy the luxury of not being frontline when dealing with customers i.e. ringing them out at the register, answering non clinical questions at the pharmacy or over the phone. What I would advise the SMART pharmacy technician to do is to get out of retail. There are call centers and hospitals which I feel automation of tech duties would be hard to replace
Aug 17, 2019 at 10:28 AM
Cooper (Could go either way) says
Some techs have other duties, like monitoring diversion by hospital personnel of controlled substances.
Jun 04, 2019 at 07:08 PM

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