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Societal trends are leading to significant growth in the pharmacy industry as the aging of our population leads to increased demand for prescription medications and advances in research lead to new medication treatments for more diseases. That’s why the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected, in data published in 2016, a 12% increase in pharmacy technician jobs over the course of a decade, equating to over 47,000 positions that will need to be filled.
BLS also noted that “pharmacy technicians may be need to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities such as giving flu shots” and predicted that pharmacy techs “will need to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians, tasks formerly done by pharmacists.”