Pharmacy Technicians

2.6/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
81%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
4%
by 2030
WAGES
$35,100
or $16.87 hourly
VOLUME
415,310
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 81% (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 4% by 2030
'Pharmacy Technicians' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

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

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Pharmacy Technicians' was $35,100, or $16.87 hourly
'Pharmacy Technicians' are paid 16.3% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 415,310 people employed as Pharmacy Technicians.
This represents around 0.30% of the employed workforce across the United States.

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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Comments

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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