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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 497535 7.617 2344
United States 402,500450,100 11.813,800 18,90037,460

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 16.9511.6013.45 16.3219.4423.62
Alaska 21.2915.9117.86 21.0024.2128.02
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.0315.8117.59 20.6324.2127.90
Fairbanks North Star Borough 21.0316.4819.21 21.2523.4125.02
Balance of State 22.1715.8617.88 21.5025.9029.56

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
57839 6.725.2 17.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation180
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation88
UI claimants previously working in occupation38
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 361
Number of job position postings 82
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.4

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Pharmacy Technology CT1
Pharmacy Technology OEC