Pharmacy Technician Demographics

In a random survey of 3,200 certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs), published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association in 2005, the following demographic information was gathered:

Job Setting

  • Chain store: 43.9%
  • Hospital: 27.3%
  • Independent store: 15.9%
  • Other: 5.2%
  • Long-term care facility: 2.7%
  • Mail service: 2.1%
  • Managed care facility: 1.5%
  • Military: 1.0%
  • Pharmaceutical industry: 0.2%
  • Educational/vocational program: 0.2%

Gender

  • Female: 88.4%
  • Male: 11.6%

Educational Degree Earned

  • High school/equivalency: 79.9%
  • Associate’s degree: 15.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 13.9%
  • Master’s degree: 1.0%
  • Other: 1.4%

State Licensure/Registration

  • Licensed or registered by state: 72.9%
  • Not licensed or registered: 27.1%

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