Pharmacy Jobs for People Without a Degree

If you want to work in a pharmacy and you don't have a degree yet, there are a few positions to choose from. You can look into being a pharmacy technician who handles prescriptions or a clerk who runs the cash register.

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Pharmacy Job Options for People Without a Degree

Working at a pharmacy can be a rewarding experience, as you watch people get help with recovering from sicknesses. To be involved in the action of prescribing medication at a pharmacy you do need a degree, but there are other positions that might not require a degree. Find out about some pharmacy job options for people without a degree by looking below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Retail Pharmacy Technician $28,700 9%
Pharmacy Aide $25,240 0%
Pharmacy Shipping Clerk $33,370 (for all order clerks) -1% (for all order clerks)
Call Center Pharmacy Technician $30,920 (for all pharmacy technicians) 9% (for all pharmacy technicians)
Janitor $24,190 (for all janitors and building cleaners) 6% (for all janitors and building cleaners)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Pharmacy Job Information for People Without a Degree

Retail Pharmacy Technician

Retail pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies located in retail locations. They help pharmacists fill and distribute medications. They perform tasks like measuring medications, labeling medications for patients, taking down customer information, and so on. Pharmacy technicians need at least a high school diploma, although some states may require them to pass an exam or receive training.

Pharmacy Aide

Pharmacy aides work as cashiers as well as take care of odds and ends around pharmacies. They do things like take inventory, put away new medications, receive new prescriptions, and so on. They might also answer the phones and connect patients to pharmacists when they have specific questions. Unlike technicians, they don't handle prescriptions themselves. They usually need at least a high school diploma.

Pharmacy Shipping Clerk

Pharmacy shipping clerks usually work for mail order pharmacies packaging and shipping out prescriptions. They perform various tasks to ensure that the company runs smoothly, such as maintaining printers, packaging up prescriptions, double checking addresses, and so on. These clerks usually only need a high school diploma.

Call Center Pharmacy Technician

Call center pharmacy technicians are a type of customer service representative that works in a call center, often for a corporation. Training can be on-the-job, requiring only a high school diploma to begin. After training to become a pharmacy technician, these call center technicians are qualified to handle prescriptions like other pharmacy technicians.


Janitors work in buildings to keep them neat and tidy. They work in a variety of locations, including retail stores that have pharmacies attached to them. Therefore, janitors might have opportunities to clean up and maintain pharmacies, such as sweeping, cleaning the windows, making repairs to the building, neatening messy areas, and taking out the trash. Janitors don't need any formal education to get started in their field.

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