Pharmacy technicians work directly under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Some duties a pharmacist is expected to perform are as follows:
To apply for pharmacy technician schools in Illinois, you must have a high school diploma or GED, no prior drug convictions, and have English proficiency. The following schools offer pharmacy technician training in Illinois:
When you enroll in pharmacy technician schools in Illinois, you will be given in-class and hands-on training that prepares you for work in the pharmacy. The bulk of education will be done in class, but you can expect to spend several days (or weeks) performing an externship too. Some courses you are likely to encounter include:
During the externship training, you will work as a pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians are regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy in Illinois. Certification is not required to practice as a pharmacy technician, however you must be certified for two years to be licensed as a technician. The following certification exams are required to license:
A technician may still assist and work in a pharmacy for up to 60 days while waiting for their licensing application to be approved. They must be able to show proof of application and keep a copy at the pharmacy where they are employed during their work hours. Requirements to become a licensed pharmacy technician include:
Pharmacy technicians will then renew their license once a year. Licenses expire on March 31st of every year (regardless when they were issued).
Schools for Pharmacy Technicians in Illinois are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College||Chicago||Associate||11,354|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College||Chicago||Associate||6,031|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College||Chicago||Associate||4,078|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College||Chicago||Associate||9,679|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College||Chicago||Associate||10,993|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn||Associate||25,768|
|Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College||Robinson||Associate||1,445|
|Oakton Community College||Des Plaines||Associate||10,805|
|Richland Community College||Decatur||Associate||3,274|
|Saint Xavier University||Chicago||Masters||5,675|
|South Suburban College||South Holland||Associate||6,260|
|Springfield College in Illinois||Springfield||Associate||608|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago||Doctorate & First Professional||25,747|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Pharmacy Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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