Become a Pharm Tech in Massachusetts
Now is a good moment to kick off a new career as a Pharm Tech in the state of Massachusetts. On this page, we’ll help you get the information you need on schools and training for Pharm Tech, state requirements, salaries and career outlook.
Chain pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and others will offer great opportunities for entry level pharmacy technicians in years to come. Driven by America’s fast aging population (3.5 million people entering age 65 every day for the next 20 years), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects that more than 70,000 pharm tech jobs will be created in the 10-year period 2012 to 2022. [Leer en español]
With a population of 6.5 million (2014 estimate), the Bay State is projected to have 8,610 openings for pharmacy technicians by 2022, up from 7,480 in 2012. This represents a rise of 15.2% over the 10-year period.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians can earn an average annual salary of $44,400 when they attain the top 90 percentile of tech earners.
Entry level tech earners, the 10 percentile, can receive an average hourly wage of $10.31. This increases to an average hourly wage of $11.97 for the 25 percentile, and a median hourly wage of $15.29 for all tech earners. These wages correspond to average annual salaries of $21,440 for new entrants, $24,900 for the 25 percentile, and a median annual salary of $30,900 for all tech earners.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Barnstable Town, MA||230||$15.62||$ 32,490|
|Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division||3,700||$16.11||$ 33,510|
|Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division||360||$14.55||$ 30,260|
|Framingham, MA NECTA Division||450||$14.37||$ 29,890|
|Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division||340||$13.17||$ 27,400|
|Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division||150||$14.59||$ 30,350|
|Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA||170||$13.41||$ 27,890|
|Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division||280||$15.06||$ 31,330|
|New Bedford, MA||200||$13.17||$ 27,400|
|Peabody, MA NECTA Division||290||$14.25||$ 29,630|
|Pittsfield, MA||70||$14.98||$ 31,160|
|Springfield, MA-CT||880||$14.42||$ 30,000|
|Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division||110||$13.11||$ 27,270|
|Worcester, MA-CT||620||$16.58||$ 34,490|
Salary comparison with other Pharmacy related professions in Massachusetts
|Profession||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Pharmacy Technicians||8,380||$15.29||$ 31,800|
|Pharmacy Aides||1,030||$12.09||$ 25,140|
Pharmacy technicians are required to register with the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy. Applicants must be 18 or over and must have graduated high school or obtained an equivalent diploma. With their application, they must include a check or money order for $136 ($51 for annual renewals). They must also have completed an approved certification program and have passed an approved exam. For guidance, newcomers may look up the National Pharmacy Technician training program as a step that leads to the certification exam ExCPT Exam.This training and exam must be completed before registering.
Massachusetts Universities and Diploma Colleges
The Salter School-New Bedford offers a Certification training program that boasts a strong Pharmacy Technician Externship towards the end of training. You can be placed in an actual pharmacy to get the necessary guidance to learn the responsibilities of your externship.
Look up also the Lincoln Technical Institute that offers a pharm tech certificate program at their Brockton, Lowell and Somerville campuses. The Bristol Community College offers a Certificate of Recognition in Pharmacy Technician, with 12 required credits in courses that include Medical Language, Pharmacy Technician and Computer Keyboarding.
All School Listings
777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Bristol Community College is imparted at their campus in Fall River in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Most of the school’s 9,335 students are on 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* Fees for tuition for in-state students are around $4,178 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $9,122 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,000, depending on the program.
365 Westgate Drive, Brockton, Massachusetts 02301-1818Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
Lincoln Technical Institute’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is based at their Brockton campus in Brockton in Plymouth County, MA. The majority of of the school’s 378 students are on short programs of under two years. The school is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.* The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees for the Medical Assisting program are in the order of $13,600 yearly, while study materials may cost about $611. Usually, the program is completed in 10 months.
211 Plain St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Lincoln Technical Institute is offered at their Lowell campus in Lowell in Middlesex County. The majority of of the school’s 388 students are on short programs of under two years. The school has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.* The college’s retention rate for full-time students is over 80%. Tuition fees for the Medical Assisting program are broadly in the order of $13,600 yearly, while study materials may cost about $611. Usually, the program is completed in 8 months.
5 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02145Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
Lincoln Technical Institute’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is based at their Somerville campus in Somerville in Middlesex County. Most of the school’s 331 students are on short programs of under two years. The school is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.*
950 Kings Hwy, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
Salter School’s Certificate program is taught at their New Bedford campus in New Bedford in Bristol County. Most of the school’s 317 students are on short programs of under two years.
* 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.