Pharmacy Technician Schools in Utah

Utah is a western state known for its large Mormon population, which, according to the 2010 census, accounts for nearly two-thirds of the state’s population. More than three-fourth of the state’s population is contained within a roughly two-hundred-mile strip of land known as the Wasatch Front, rendering large portions of the state virtually uninhabited. Utah features a diverse terrain, with mountains, high plains, deserts and unusual geological formations that attract large numbers of tourists. Mining, cattle ranching, salt mining and government services are other major industries. Utah has modernized its cities and has attracted high-tech corporations that produce high-paying jobs, leading many economists to now refer to Utah as “the new economic Zion.”

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist, helping the pharmacist with daily operations. These operations can vary according to the job site, but some of the main tasks are preparing prescription medications, maintaining pharmaceutical inventories, working a cash register, compounding medications, cleaning equipment, phoning insurance companies and maintaining prescription records on a computer.

Pharmacy techs in Utah must pass a national certification test and a Utah test on state pharmaceutical law. There are several good schools in Utah that provide the education and training needed to pass these tests. Some of the more intensive training programs can take only about six months to complete.

Job Opportunities and Wages

Most pharmacy techs work in a retail pharmacy, but some work in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmaceutical factories, clinics, research institutes or third-party insurance companies. The demand for pharmacy techs is increasing daily;  the need for pharmaceuticals is growing rapidly because of the increased longevity of the average person, and older people require more medications.

According to the Bureau of Labor, the annual mean wage for a pharmacy technician in Utah in 2012 was $31,160, while for those techs on an hourly wage, the mean was $14.98. Both these rates were slightly over the national averages for pharmacy techs.

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