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If you like the idea of working with a licensed pharmacist and helping maintain patient profiles and other routine tasks, pharmacy tech training can be great preparation for finding work in this field.

Getting hired may depend on where you live, your education and experience. That’s why it’s good to get training that employers hope job candidates will have when it comes time for them to interview.

Everest offers:

•    Hands-on training
•    A great environment to learn in
•    Help in polishing your resume and interviewing skills
•    Help in finding employment

Pharmacy techs help licensed pharmacists with tasks like labeling, dispensing medications, answering phones, receiving payments and maintaining profiles for patients. And many pharmacy techs like the idea of working in a clean environment.

Why not check out Everest and get the training you need to find entry-level work in the pharmacy tech field.

It’s difficult for pharmacies and health care offices to operate without having the help to maintain patient profiles, and label, dispense and formulate medications.

And there are other important tasks to complete throughout each day, like stocking shelves, answering phones and operating cash registers. Unlike the pharmacist they work for, pharmacy technicians aren’t required to attend medical school, which may limit some of their duties.

If you work in a retail environment, you’ll be required to refill patient prescriptions, and you’ll need to make sure that information on the prescription is accurate and complete. Next, you’ll need to price and fill the prescription. You’ll work with professionals who are happy to help if you experience any challenges.

You can also expect the work environment to be clean, organized and well lit. You may have to lift heavy boxes on occasion, so make sure it’s the kind of work you can handle.

Washingtonians Still Concerned About Job Security, Despite Signs of Economic Recovery

SEATTLE — May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the economy continues to give mixed signals about recovery, one factor is certain – many Washingtonians are still worried about keeping their job.

Despite an uptick in national and statewide hiring trends during the first quarter of 2011, nearly one-third of Washingtonians are concerned about job security, according to data released today in the 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College.

When asked about the high unemployment impacting the state and country, 30 percent of Washington workers said they were concerned about losing their job. Compared with last year, confidence in job security has not budged in 2011, with nearly the same number of Washington workers (29 percent) concerned about losing their job. One change from last year is that more workers are willing to put in extra hours to keep their job. Compared with 2010, significantly more people in 2011 have considered working longer hours to avoid being laid off (20 percent to 14 percent).

“While recent data indicate that hiring is headed in the right direction, the survey reveals that many people are still anxious about job security,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “The last three years have been filled with economic hardships for many in Washington and throughout the country, so it’s natural for workers to be a bit cautious. At Everest, we have found that our career programs are popular because they focus on careers that are in-demand, offer flexibility and have the potential for long-term growth.”

Pay Is Top Stressor
The survey found that workplace anxiety levels in Washington continue to be high with nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of survey respondents claiming they suffer from some form of work-related stress. The top stress factor cited by respondents was pay (27 percent), followed by fear of losing their job (20 percent) and their boss (7 percent). Compared with 2010, significantly less people indicated their boss was causing the most stress at their job (14 percent to 7 percent).

Income is a differentiating factor when it comes to whether or not respondents are stressed at work. Those with household incomes of $80,000 or higher are more likely not to be stressed at work when compared with those whose household income is less than $50,000 (47 percent to 27 percent).

If they lost their job, one-third (35 percent) of respondents said they would consider leaving Washington to search for a new job, with men significantly more likely than women to look for a job outside of the state by a margin of 43 percent to 25 percent.

Meanwhile, half (54 percent) of the respondents said they have considered one of the following: returning to school to enhance their current career (27 percent); a new career in order to make more money (22 percent); or returning to school to train for a new career (22 percent).

“We all know what it feels like to be stressed at work, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for a career that doesn’t make you happy,” Cullen said. “This survey serves as an important reminder to regularly re-evaluate what you want out of your job, set goals and, if necessary, chart a new path.”

“For many workers, career training can open the door to that new path, offering a more rewarding work life. Everest College is really in tune with this concept and can be the solution for many people looking to turn their work life in a positive direction.”

Top Careers For Stability
The following occupations continue to see high demand based on U.S. Department of Labor industry trend information through 2018, according to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

“Obviously, health care is and will continue to be one of the strongest industries because of the aging population,” said Cullen. “A majority of Everest’s programs are in the health care field, giving our students the opportunity for an in-demand career that can serve as a springboard for more advanced health care careers later.”

By the Numbers: 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey Fast Facts

  • Fourteen percent of Washingtonians said that someone in their household has lost their job in the past 12 months. Those with a household income of less than $50,000 are significantly more likely than those with a household income of $80,000 or more to have had someone in their household experience a job loss (22 percent to 10 percent).
  • When envisioning their dream jobs, 85 percent of employed Americans living in Washington State said doing something they love was most important, followed by better pay (60 percent).
  • Compared with 2010, more Washingtonians would like to have a good relationship with their boss (52 percent to 43 percent) in their dream job.

About the Survey
The 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey was conducted by Harris/Decima from March 16 to March 20, 2011. A total of 300 employed residents of Washington State were surveyed by telephone. Results are considered accurate to +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

About Everest College
Everest College is part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. It offers diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice, business, information technology and construction trades. Programs vary by campus. For more information, please visit http://www.Everest.edu.

About Harris/Decima
Harris/Decima is one of North America’s most established names in public opinion and market research, with a 25-year track record of innovation and client satisfaction. Today, they are among the largest full service marketing research organizations in North America. Harris/Decima offers a full slate of custom and syndicated research services, including telephone and on-site interviewing, self-administered mail-back and on-line surveys, as well as qualitative one-on-one executive interviewing and focus groups. Harris/Decima conducts research on public and social policy, program evaluation, employee satisfaction, issue management, marketing, advertising and communications testing and evaluation for a wide range of clients in the public, private, and third party sectors. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisdecima.ca

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College, is available for interviews to discuss the survey and provide tips on recession-proofing your career. To schedule an interview with Wendy or for more information on the 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey, please contact Ron Neal or Meg Wilson at PondelWilkinson Inc.: Tel: 310-279-5980; Email: rneal@pondel.com and/or mwilson@pondel.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21– Everest College – San Francisco will host a debate Tuesday, Oct. 26 on Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults.

The Everest debate on this controversial proposition will be unique, featuring proponent Dr. Ari Khan, who represents one of California’s largest state approved vendors of medicinal marijuana products. Arguing against the proposition will be Everest College pharmacy technician students and a pharmacist from the school’s program advisory committee. Although Everest students will be arguing against the proposition, the college is not supporting one position over the other. As an institution of higher learning, Everest College – San Francisco believes that Proposition 19 is an ideal issue to debate since it may have an impact on current and future pharmacy technicians.

Members of the media are welcome to cover this debate at the campus.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The campus of Everest College – San Francisco, located at 814 Mission St.
INTERVIEW: For more information on the debate, or to schedule an interview, please contact George Medici – gmedici@pondel.com – 310-279-5968 or Ron Neal – rneal@pondel.com – 310-279-5972.

About Everest College
Everest College provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest College has 15 campuses in California – Alhambra, Anaheim, City of Industry, Gardena, Hayward, Los Angeles, Ontario, Ontario Metro, Reseda, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Torrance, and West Los Angeles. Everest has 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit http://www.everest.edu.

Steady Market Demand Creates Openings for Pharmacy Technicians

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2008-2018, employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians and aids is expected to increase by 25 percent to keep up with national demand. To help meet growing market needs, Everest College at St. Louis is now offering pharmacy technician training for students looking to break into the health care field. This new course complements five health care programs presently offered at the St. Louis campus.

The increased numbers of middle-aged and elderly people will be a main factor in the spur of demand for pharmacy workers throughout the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s 10-year projection period.

“The goal of Everest College is to help our students prepare for today’s in-demand career fields, and our new Pharmacy Technician program gets the job done,” said Chad Freeman, president of the St. Louis campus. “Projected market demand gives us a great deal of confidence that well-trained pharmacy technician graduates will be in solid demand for years to come.”

The new Pharmacy Technician training program takes eight months to complete and entails extensive laboratory experience as well as instruction in pharmacy administration, pharmaceutical calculations, anatomy and physiology, digestive and respiratory reproductive systems, nutrition, medical terminology, pharmacology and health care systems.

Students enrolled in the pharmacy technician program are encouraged to develop strong customer service and communication and interpersonal skills. Strong mathematical and organizational skills are expected to be developed and will greatly aid graduates in managing inventories and counting and measuring client medications on the job. Program training also helps students develop interpersonal life skills that can be leveraged throughout a lifetime.

Program graduates of Everest’s Pharmacy Technician program are positioned to seek and gain entry-level employment in such venues as health care facilities, retail establishments, hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, urgent care centers and pharmacies. Additional employment opportunities may include pharmaceutical assistant or sales representative.

About Everest

Everest College – St. Louis, located at 3420 Rider Trail South, Earth City, MO 63045, provides popular in-demand career-oriented diploma and degree programs for pharmacy technician, business, accounting, massage therapy, medial administrative assistant, medical assisting and medical insurance billing and coding. In addition to St. Louis campus, Everest College has another location in Springfield, Missouri. Learn more information on career and vocational training at Everest College.

pharmacy technician studentIn a previous article, we discussed how you could receive pharmacy technician training in 8 months.

This article will give you some information about possible duties and jobs that pharmacy technicians may perform.

Pharmacy Technician Jobs
Pharmacy Technician jobs can include working in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes. Pharmacy technicians work under the guidance of a Pharmacist, and verify prescriptions with the physician and pharmacist prior to preparing medicines. Obviously, pharmacy technician jobs vary by facility and state regulations, but that’s a typical process before filling a prescription.

The U.S. Department of Labor gives some encouraging statistics about pharmacy technician jobs:

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because as the population grows and ages, demand for pharmaceuticals will increase dramatically. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for technicians in all practice settings. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat a greater number of conditions.

Pharmacy Technician Job Statistics
The U.S. Department of Labor also gives some interesting stats about the number people in the pharmacy technician career field:

Pharmacy technicians held about 258,000 jobs in 2004. About 7 out of 10 jobs were in retail pharmacies, either independently owned or part of a drugstore chain, grocery store, department store, or mass retailer. About 2 out of 10 jobs were in hospitals and a small proportion was in mail-order and Internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and the Federal Government.

Pharmacy Technician Salary
A Pharmacy Technician salary will vary depending on your location, and your type of training and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor gives the following Pharmacy Technician salary averages in 2004:

Median hourly earnings of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2004 were $11.37. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.40 and $13.85. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.96, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $16.61.

Pharmacy Technician Career Opportunities
Pharmacy Technicians can gain positions in both healthcare facilities and retail establishments including: hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.

Pharmacy Technician Classes
Everest College’s Pharmacy Technician program provides students with a strong academic and clinical background to work as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technician training includes classes in:

  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems
  • Nutrition
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Health care systems

To learn how you can receive pharmacy technician training, simply complete this quick and easy online form.

pharmacy technician programYou probably didn’t know that it only takes 8 months to train to become a Pharmacy Technician.

Well, it’s quick if you know the right type of college to attend.

If you’re serious about working in a pharmacy, then consider joining a full-time pharmacy technician program.

A typical 8 month program at Everest College includes pharmacy training in:

  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Health care systems

What makes Everest College’s pharmacy technician program great is that the education is focused on hands-on training.

Pharmacy technician students don’t just sit in a chair and listen to a lecture; they actually start learning dosage calculations and measurements by doing it.

Everest College believes that the best way to train future Pharmacy Technicians is by allowing them to learn by doing—not simply sitting in a classroom.

Everest College also believes it’s important for Pharmacy Technician students to get real-world experience. So the Pharmacy Technician classes not only include hands-on training, but most programs also include externships.

Pharmacy Technician externships give students a chance to practice their skills on the job. This means they get course credit for actually working in a pharmacy. And the best part about this is that Everest College sets up the externship for you.

Everest College offers Pharmacy Technician programs at campuses in the following major cities:

  • Arlington (Mid Cities), Texas
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Francisco, CA

To learn more, contact Everest College.

Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.


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