Become a Pharm Tech in New Hampshire
This is great time to begin a career as a Pharm Tech in New Hampshire. On this page, you can learn about colleges and other training options, state requirements, salaries and career outlook.
America’s aging population is expected to increase the demand for health care services in the coming years. In turn, this should increase the number of pharmacies across the country, as well as the number of job openings for pharmacy technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be 70,700 new tech jobs in the decade 2012-2022.[Leer en español]
With a relatively small population of 1.3 million (2014 estimate), the Granite State had 1,440 employed technicians in 2012, expected to rise to 1,710 by 2022, for a growth rate of 19%.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can receive an average annual salary of $38,430 (or an average hourly wage of $18.48) if you reach the 90 percentile of technician earners. This compares with an average annual salary of $22,610 for the 25 percentile of tech earners, or an average hourly wage of $10.87.
The 10 percentile of pharm techs, which includes newcomers, receive on average annual salary of $20,280, representing an average hourly wage of $10.87. This rises to a mean hourly wage of $13.63, or a mean annual salary of $28,350.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Manchester, NH||230||$14.50||$ 30,150|
|Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division||310||$12.79||$ 26,590|
|Portsmouth, NH-ME||70||$13.31||$ 27,680|
|Rochester-Dover, NH-ME||100||$12.42||$ 25,830|
Salary comparison with other Pharmacy related professions in New Hampshire
|Profession||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Pharmacy Technicians||1,360||$13.63||$ 28,350|
|Pharmacy Aides||40||$11.87||$ 24,680|
Applicants must be at least 18, must have -or be enrolled in- a high school diploma or equivalent program. Certification is not mandated, although the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy (link to Pharmacy Tech Information) requires that pharm techs be registered with the Board and renew their application annually ($25 fee).
The pharmacists-in-charge are required to have techs supervised by them enroll in Board-approved tech training. Towards that goal, supervising pharmacists commonly rely on the National Pharmacy Technician training program that leads to the accredited Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).
InterCoast Career Institute-Salem has a fully accredited Pharm Tech Certificate program at their campus in Salem (and online). They assert that this program is intended to take newcomer to pharmacy students through an education that meets or exceeds certification standards.
Manchester Community College has a Pharmacy Technology Certificate Program at their campus in Manchester. At the end, students would be in line to take the accredited Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Courses include medical and pharmacy terminology, dosage calculations, interpreting prescriptions and associating generic from brand name pharmaceuticals.
All School Listings
19 Keewaydin Dr, Salem, New Hampshire 03079Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at InterCoast Career Institute is taught at their Salem campus in Salem in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Most of the school’s 34 students are on short programs of under two years. InterCoast Career Institute-Salem has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.* The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. The cost of tuition for the Pharmacy Technician program is in the order of $14,730 for each academic year. Program completion is usually 8 months.
* Accredition status and tuition fees are correct at the time of last update and are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college or university prior to application.