Pharmacy technician instructors teach students, many of which are already certified pharmacy technicians, about essential skills and practices in the field. These instructors need to be certified as a pharmacy technician and may also benefit from a bachelor's degree.
These vocational instructors teach part- or full-time in junior and trade colleges, training students to become pharmacy technicians or providing continuing education to those already certified. All instructors have significant professional experience as a pharmacy technician and licensure, certification or registration as a pharmacy tech, but little formal education or teaching experience is required.
|Required Education||A high school diploma or a bachelor's degree in health sciences AND licensure or certification as a pharmacy technician|
|Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)*||-3% (for Post-Secondary Vocational Education Teachers)|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2018)*||$53,120 (for Post-Secondary Vocational Education Teachers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education Requirements for Pharmacy Technician Instructors
To become a pharmacy technician instructor, a high school diploma or GED equivalent is sufficient in most cases. Some employers look for would-be instructors with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or a related field, but most do not.
The most important requirement for would-be instructors is to be registered, licensed or certified as a pharmacy technician. In some states, the government's board of pharmacy does the licensing, but in others certification is voluntary, handled by a professional organization such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.
Both certification exams require test-takers to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The candidate must also be free of felony convictions and, for the PTCB test, free of drug- or pharmacy-related convictions of any kind. Once certified, successful candidates must renew their certification and complete 20 hours of continuing education courses every two years. Ten of these hours may come from on-the-job training, while the rest should come from pharmacy technician training courses.
Pharmacy technicians seeking employment as instructors for junior or vocational colleges must first obtain significant pharmacy experience. According to job postings for instructors on CareerBuilder.com in October of 2014, most employers look for candidates with at least three to four years of experience as a technician.
Ideal candidates also have some demonstrated college-level teaching ability or experience, but this is not always required. Employers may provide teacher training on the job. Would-be instructors should also be personable and organized, as they teach and develop a curriculum for a large number of adult students.
In May 2018, the BLS reported that professionals in the 90th percentile or higher earned $94,100 or more per year, whereas the bottom 10th percentile earned $32,520 or less per year. According to the BLS, instructors working at colleges, universities and professional schools averaged $61,980 per year in 2018. Salary levels depend on experience and degrees held.
Pharmacy technician instructors are professionals in the field who aid in the continuing education of other pharmacy technicians. They need to be certified and have a good deal of work experience under their belt so that they can accurately instruct others.