** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **
Pharmacy aides need good skills in reading, spelling, math calculation, and basic computer literacy. Students in high school should be encouraged to take science courses, especially biology and chemistry. Knowledge of a foreign language, such as Spanish, often is a plus with employers especially those located in areas where large numbers of customers speak this language. Pharmacy aides also need work-readiness skills, such as getting to work on time and when scheduled; good work habits, attitudes, and job behaviors; and a neat appearance.
Pharmacy aides typically receive informal on-the-job training for their jobs. Most employers prefer that pharmacy aides have at least a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent, and many will favor those with at least some formal postsecondary training, such as that offered at a local community college. Many local public community colleges offer short term pharmacy aide certificate programs.
High School or GED (HS)
Annual: $21,130 - $32,980
Hourly: $10 - $16
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