Maximize Your Pharmacy Technician Salary in Texas

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How to Maximize Your Pharmacy Technician Salary in Texas

A pharmacy technician salary in Texas can be anywhere from $20,730 to $42,900 per year. Click here for tips on how to be one of the top earners. A pharmacy technician salary in Texas is on average $15.30 per hour and $31,830 per year. However, pharmacy techs at the bottom 10 percent earn just $9.97 per hour and the top 10 percent $21.10 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you want to earn near the top of this range, here are a few steps to take.

1. Enroll in an Externship

It is always difficult to find a job when you have no experience. If you take an externship as part of your pharmacy technician training, you will enter the job market with valuable knowledge that is impossible to gain through classroom and lab training alone. An externship, therefore, could mean the difference between landing an entry-level job and obtaining a high position with an above-average salary.

2. Become Certified 

To work as a pharmacy technician in Texas, in addition to graduating from an accredited program, you will need to hold a Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCE). Furthermore, you can show off your abilities by becoming certified in Microsoft Word, which will demonstrate to potential employers your competency in using computers and software, an essential ability for the job.

3. Choose Your Sector

Where you work as a pharmacy technician can have a big impact on your salary. For instance, if you work in a general merchandise store, pharmacy, drug store, or grocery store, you are likely to make less than $30,000 per year. If you find a job in a hospital or ambulatory health care service, on the other hand, you can earn more than $33,000 per year, according to the BLS. Specialize in one of these latter sectors early on and you’ll be looking at a fruitful career.

4. Ace the Interview

As a graduate, unsure of what qualities employers are expecting, interviews can be a nerve-racking experience. Seek expert advice to learn how to create a resume that will lead to numerous invitations for interviews and how to answer questions in a way that shows you’re the perfect fit for the job. If a high pharmacy technician salary in Texas is appealing you — and it should be! — enroll in a school that offers externships, the opportunity to gain useful certifications, and job-seeking support, including interview training and support with building your resume.

This article was published on: 02/8/19 8:40 AM

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