What Job Will Be in Demand in 2020?
As we approach the new year and move into the next decade, reports are coming in about which jobs will be in demand in 2020 and the future. Fortunately, things are looking good – especially for those considering jobs in the healthcare industry. In particular, pharmacy technicians are looking at a steady and secure future.
Projected to Grow Faster Than Average
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.” Not only is this career field in demand, but pharmacy technicians earn a steady paycheck without having to hold a 4-year degree. The 2018 median pay for pharmacy technicians was $32,700, with the highest 10% earning $48,010.
Increased Demand Due to Aging Population
One reason pharmacy technicians are in demand is because there is a growing need for medications. As BLS explains, “The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.”
Taking on a Bigger Role
Plus, pharmacy technicians are taking on a bigger role in the workplace. As the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) explains, “As pharmacists become responsible for more direct patient care in settings such as community pharmacy clinics and pharmacy-based immunization programs, PTCB CPhTs [certified pharmacy technicians] are assuming expanded roles that advance their responsibilities.” This means pharmacy technicians will be responsible for tasks previously handled by pharmacists.
A Recession-Proof, Secure Career
Considering all of these factors, it is safe to assume that the career of a pharmacy technician is recession-proof and secure. People will always need medication! And as research continues and more medications are discovered, the demand for those who can dispense medications will only increase.
LA ORT’s Pharmacy Technology Administration Program Prepares Students for Certification
LA ORT’s pharmacy technician program will help students learn the skills they need to find employment as a pharmacy technician. The program is designed to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) licensing examination, which is a national certification that will open even more doors. Also, LA ORT offers programs for some of the other fastest-growing occupations for the next decade such as Phlebotomy and Medical Assistants. Learn more by visiting www.LAORT.edu or contacting us today at (800) 998-2678.