Pharmacy Technicians (29-2052)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 622698 12.28 714
United States 372,500407,200 9.33,470 3,6907,160

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 15.4710.2712.10 14.8618.1621.98
Alaska 19.0412.4714.97 19.1122.3924.82
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 18.7312.0814.67 18.9822.2924.48
Fairbanks North Star Borough 19.0313.4715.84 19.5822.1223.86
Southeast Region 22.2212.2216.05 21.1125.9931.19
Balance of State 18.6713.1615.09 18.5121.8523.98

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
65847 7.125.4 18.9
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation108
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation26
UI claimants previously working in occupation35
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 326
Number of job position postings 71
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.6

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Pharmacy Technology OEC