Career Opportunities

A licensed Pharmacy Technician can find employment in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, home health-care pharmacies, nursing home pharmacies, clinic pharmacies, mail-order prescription pharmacies, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Employment opportunities for graduates of community college Pharmacy Technician programs are excellent. Changes in the California State Pharmacy Law requiring registration have created an increasing demand for trained Pharmacy Technicians. In Sonoma County, starting pay for Registered Pharmacy Technicians ranges from $16.00 to $22.00 per hour depending on shift differentials, traveling, and overtime. Some travel and relief organizations are paying high $20 to $30 per hour.

Accreditation & Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Pharmacy Technician Certificate and are qualified to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a Pharmacy Technician. Registration is a legal requirement for employment. Graduates of the certificate program are also encouraged to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. While not currently a state requirement for employment, many employers provide increased compensation to Pharmacy Technicians once they become nationally certified. Upon successful passage of the National Exam, candidates become Certified Pharmacy Technicians and place CPhT after their name. 

California State Board of Pharmacy


To be licensed as a pharmacy technician in California, you must qualify under A, B, or C as listed below and be a high school graduate or possess a general educational development (GED) certificate: 
A. If you are qualifying by one of the following methods, the Affidavit of Completed Coursework or Graduation for Pharmacy Technician (page 4 of the application) must be submitted with your application. 
An Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology; 
Any other course that provides a minimum of 240 hours of instruction as specified in Title 16 California Code of Regulation section 1793.6(c); 
A training course accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); or 
Graduation from a school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). 
B. If you are certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), you must submit a certified true copy of your PTCB certificate or the original certificate with your application. (A certified true copy is a copy that has been notarized as a true copy.) 
C. If you are qualifying by training provided by a branch of the federal armed services, you must submit a copy of your DD214 with your application. 

Pharmacy Technician Certification Requirements By State 

California is one of the longest processes to get a license. That is also why the SRJC program clinical externships are excellent training grounds. Many graduates are hired pending their licenses. 

PTCB Minimum Knowledge breakdown.  

Pharmacology for Technicians 13.75% 
Pharmacy Law and Regulations 12.50%
Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding 8.75% 
Medication Safety 12.50%
Pharmacy Quality Assurance 7.50% 
Medication Order Entry and Fill Process 17.50% 
Pharmacy Inventory Management 8.75% 
Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement 8.75% 
Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application 10.00%

SRJC Career Development Services


SRJC Career Development Services offer students three programs within the department; Student Employment, the Career Center and Career Advising. Students are welcome to register on the Student Employment job board: Students may schedule an appointment with the Career Center for resume review or mock interviews. Mock interviews are most helpful if done in preparation for the real interview as they are able to formulate the answers for a specific employer or position. 

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