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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 69055$21.32/hr$17.66/hr$18.36/hr$20.47/hr$23.68/hr$26.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities4,980$19.17/hr
Financial Activities190$22.19/hr
Professional and Business Services40$19.28/hr
Education and Health Services2,510$23.32/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$19.36/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 100$19.87/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 170$19.92/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 230$18.84/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 260$18.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 300$19.68/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 340$19.39/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 410$21.56/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 460$19.10/hr1.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 470$18.60/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 520$18.82/hr2.7%
Northwest Balance of State 540$20.52/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 690$20.47/hr0.8%
Northwest Minnesota 690$19.54/hr2.5%
Rochester MN MSA 700$22.21/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 940$21.16/hr3.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,520$22.50/hr1.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,930$22.51/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,880$21.95/hr1.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Medical Assistants 12,120$23.96/hr16.1%
Pharmacy Aides 610$16.58/hr-15.3%
Tellers 5,930$18.32/hr-12.1%

  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.