Pharmacy Technicians

3.3/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $17.66 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 73% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Pharmacy Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 5% by 2031
'Pharmacy Technicians' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Pharmacy Technicians' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Pharmacy Technicians' was $36,740, or $17.66 hourly
'Pharmacy Technicians' are paid 19.7% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as pharmacy technicians?

As of 2021 there were 436,630 people employed as Pharmacy Technicians within the United States.
This represents around 0.31% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 322 people are employed as Pharmacy Technicians.

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: 29-2052.00


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RxAndroid says
Techs are already being replaced by automation dispensing units. I don't think there will be a 100% replacement but rather a change in role of technicians in being able to manage machinery and like others have mentioned, handle situations that can not be planned out.

You can either embrace and adapt to technology/change or get replaced by A.I...I sure as hell know that I'll be the one who continues to manage automation dispensing machines. Legislation is the other hurdle to overcome with regards to pharmacist oversight of automation (state laws will dictate over federal)
Apr 24, 2021 at 04:29 PM
Hospital Employee (Could go either way) says
Yes, but you also need technicians to maintain the robots, make deliveries (hospitals), answer phone calls, help customers, billing, medical etc. Thankfully I am an “Automation Specialist” for hospital pharmacy. Pyxis doesn’t take care of itself that’s for sure!
Apr 12, 2021 at 10:17 PM
J Burrows (No chance) says
There are some aspects of the role that can be completely automated but there are others that cannot. For example, as registered professionals in the course of their duties, technicians will encounter situations that cannot be planned for. They have a responsibility to draw upon their knowledge and experience to make a professional judgement that considers the best outcome for their patient(s) and upholds the safety and well being of patients, staff and public society. In some circumstances, this may lead to a decision to contravene normal procedure or regulations if there is reasonably defensible justification. In addition, where automation can be implemented, these processes would still require human supervision by someone with specialist pharmacy training and technicians are best placed to do this. Whilst job numbers may be reduced by automation, the role will not become totally redundant anytime soon.
Feb 02, 2020 at 07:32 PM
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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