What does a pharmacy technician do?

Pharmacy technicians assist in mixing and filling prescriptions and maintaining stock levels. They work under the direction and close supervision of pharmacists.

What might a pharmacy technician do in a workday?

How much does a pharmacy technician earn?

How do I become a pharmacy technician?

Students intending to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician should prepare by taking challenging high school courses in science, math and English. A required national certification exam is offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Recertification must be obtained every two years.

Because pharmacy technicians deal with controlled substances, they may be required to undergo background checks. Applicants without prior experience or training may be required to pass a test to determine if they have the necessary aptitude to learn the job. Some typing may be required.

Where else can I learn about becoming a pharmacy technician?

American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
P.O. Box 1447 / Greensboro, NC 27402
tel:  (877) 368-4771 / web:

American Pharmacists Association
2215 Constitution Avenue N.W. / Washington, DC 20037
tel:  (202) 628-4410 / web:

National Pharmacy Technician Association
P.O. Box 683148 / Houston, TX 77268
tel:  (888) 247-8700 / web:

State Licensure Requirements for Pharmacy Technicians:

A license is required to practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Virginia. For more information on licensure, applications and forms, visit

Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 / Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 367-4456 / Email:

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Pharmacy Technicians: