Being a great mom is doing the best you can – with what you have, and knowing everything you do is done with your children’s best interest at heart.
If you are currently a mom contemplating returning to school, your number one concern is most likely how it’s going to affect you and your family, right? If so, understand you’re not alone.
Do any of the following sound familiar?
- Do you dream of having the option to work near your home, so you’re able to get to your children quickly?
- Do you enjoy helping others?
- Do you wonder how to best use your “mommy radar” in a full-time position?
- Does the healthcare field interest you because you are compassionate and care for others, but you are unsure which path would best fit your life, including goals, family and flexibility?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career as a pharmacy technician could be the direction you should take your career.
Why Moms Should Choose a Pharmacy Tech Career
You may first be curious what a pharmacy technician does.
A pharmacy tech prepares medications under direction of a pharmacist. They measure, mix, count, label and record amounts and dosages of medications outlined in prescription orders, as well as work with customers and maintain patient profiles, according to ONET OnLine.
Best of all, this career path is a flexible, natural fit for a mother.
The position allows for a lot of flexibility, oftentimes allowing you to work near your children at times that are convenient to your schedule. For example, working as a pharm tech does not limit you to only working at a clinic or hospital. Pharm tech jobs exist at a variety of locations, including Target, an online pharmacy (example: Express Scripts) or a 24-hour Walgreens Pharmacy (read: opportunities for flexible hours).
A pharm tech position taps into characteristics that you already demonstrate in your mommy duties.
To excel as a pharm tech, you will need to possess:
Multi-tasking skills – Should have the ability to work with customers, take orders over the phone and prepare prescriptions.
Accuracy – You need to confirm a prescription is correctly measured out.
Timeliness – Must fill a prescription order and have it ready for customers to pick-up by a specific time.
Stress Tolerance – Should be able to accept criticism and deal with stressful situations in a calm and efficient manner.
Empathy – Must be sensitive to others needs and feelings.
Helpfulness – Must be understanding and willing to help out others.
Good memory – Must remember which pills go in which bottles.
A positive attitude – Should be pleasant to others and have a friendly, accommodating attitude.
Organization Skills – Must create a set of goals and plan how to prioritize, organize and accomplish your work.
Working as a pharm tech offers stability and growth opportunities.
Pharm tech employment is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010-2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As with other healthcare fields, growing and hiring is due to the aging population, which rings true for pharm techs as well; more prescriptions need to be filled and advances in medicine continue to create new drugs for newly discovered and/or growing health conditions.
Working as a pharm tech should afford you the opportunity to financially support (or contribute to) your family.
In May 2010, pharm techs in the United States earned a median salary of more than $40,710 annually, with the average median salary at $28,400, the BLS said.
How do you get started as a pharmacy technician?
You have three choices with a pharmacy technician path: you can choose to earn a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree. When deciding which one is best for you, know that your courses should prepare you to take the Pharmacy Certification Exam (PTCE) upon graduation, which enables you to become a certified pharmacy technician.
If you’re looking to break into the field quickly, there are alternative options. Some pharmacy technician certificate programs are available online, so you can earn your degree in as little as nine months. In addition, you are often able to seamlessly transfer existing credits into some of these programs.
If you're looking for flexible ways to quickly earn your degree from the comfort of your own home, make sure the program you choose fits these requirements.