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Fast Facts for Pharmacy Technicians in Michigan

Michigan pharmacy technician schools can prepare students for a career in this growing and rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following regions in the state employed the following number of pharmacy technicians in 2013:

  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills: 3,580
  • Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn: 2,360
  • Grand Rapid-Wyoming: 1,010
  • Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area: 960
  • Flint: 770
  • Lansing-East Lansing: 430
  • Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area: 430
  • Ann Arbor: 420
  • Kalamazoo-Portage: 400
  • Saginaw Township North: 270
  • Muskegon-Norton Shores: 230
  • Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area: 210
  • Jackson: 200
  • Niles, Benton Harbor: 170
  • Holland-Grand Haven: 150
  • Battle Creek: 130
  • Monroe: 120

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 20 percent growth in employment for pharmacy technicians nationally in the decade leading up to 2022. The Flint, Michigan area is listed as third in the nation for having the highest concentration of jobs for pharmacy technicians in 2013, according to BLS estimates.

Salaries for Pharmacy Technicians in Michigan

As the BLS notes, pharmacy technicians are typically required to earn a high school diploma and may complete a postsecondary education program at pharmacy technician schools in Michigan and elsewhere, as well. According to the BLS, many pharmacy technician schools in Michigan award a one-year certificate that can lead to employment, although some programs can lead to an Associate's degree.

The BLS reports that pharmacy technicians earned an annual mean wage of $29,650 nationally in 2013, or $14,25 per hour. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop, pharmacy technicians in Michigan earned slightly less that year with an annual mean wage of $28,100.

More Michigan Pharmacy Technician Schools

All data below was gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics, and reflects the 2013-2014 school year.

School Name

Campus

Highest Award

Enrolled

Baker College of Allen Park

Allen Park

Bachelor

3,800

Baker College of Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills

Bachelor

3,105

Baker College of Clinton Township

Clinton Township

Bachelor

4,383

Baker College of Flint

Flint

Bachelor

4,977

Baker College of Muskegon

Muskegon

Bachelor

4,021

Baker College of Owosso

Owosso

Bachelor

2,828

Baker College of Port Huron

Port Huron

Bachelor

1,039

Bay de Noc Community College

Escanaba

Associate

2,305

Career Quest Learning Center

Kalamazoo

Associate

99

Career Quest Learning Center

Jackson

Associate

329

Dorsey Business School

Farmington Hills

Certificate

97

Dorsey Business School

Lansing

Certificate

156

Dorsey Business School

Roseville

Certificate

515

Dorsey Business School

Saginaw

Certificate

223

Dorsey Business School

Southgate

Certificate

145

Dorsey Business School

Wayne

Certificate

191

Everest Institute

Detroit

Certificate

494

Everest Institute

Kalamazoo

Certificate

356

Henry Ford Community College

Dearborn

Associate

13,836

Jackson College

Jackson

Associate

5,665

Kirtland Community College

Roscommon

Associate

1,805

Lansing Community College

Lansing

Associate

17,562

Madonna University

Livonia

Doctorate

4,399

Marygrove College

Detroit

Masters

1,960

Michigan Career and Technical Institute

Plainwell

Certificate

200

Mid Michigan Community College

Harrison

Associate

4,552

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills

Associate

26,405

Ross Medical Education Center

Brighton

Certificate

127

Ross Medical Education Center

Davison

Certificate

181

Ross Medical Education Center

Kentwood

Certificate

176

Southwestern Michigan College

Dowagiac

Associate

2,802

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor

Associate

12,327

Wayne County Community College District

Detroit

Associate

18,119

West Shore Community College

Scottville

Associate

1,487

Metro Areas Rated for Salary and Popularity

Listed below are metro areas in Michigan with their respective annual mean wages in 2013 as well as employment figures per 1,000 residents. All data was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2013 Occupational Employment and Wages data set:

Region

Employment per 1,000 residents

Annual Mean Wage in 2013

Saginaw Township North

3.33

$31,110

Lansing-East Lansing

2.18

$30,640

Battle Creek

3.42

$30,450

Ann Arbor

2.09

$30,360

Muskegon-Norton Shores

4.06

$29,890

Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area

2.96

$29,730

Kalamazoo-Portage

3.13

$29,640

Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area

3.84

$29,440

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn

3.37

$29,380

Jackson

3.60

$29,370

Niles-Benton Harbor

2.97

$29,340

Flint

5.86

$28,820

Grand Rapids-Wyoming

2.55

$28,570

Monroe

3.21

$27,490

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills

3.22

$27,430

Holland-Grand Haven

1.47

$27,040

Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area

3.33

$25,520

As you can see, Flint and Muskegon-Norton Shores regions employ the most pharmacy technicians relative to their population. Meanwhile, the highest paying regions for pharmacy technicians were the Saginaw Township North, Lansing-East Lansing, Battle Creek, and Ann Arbor regions in 2013, according to the most recent BLS data.

Sources:

"Bureau of Labor Statistics," Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013," Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292052.htm

"Bureau of Labor Statistics," Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition," Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm#tab-1

"CareerOneStop," U.S. Department of Labor, Occupation Profile, Pharmacy Technicians: Michigan, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292052&menuMode=&stfips=26&x=43&y=7

The National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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More Michigan Pharmacy Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Alpena
Associate
2,058
Escanaba
Associate
2,203
University Center
Associate
10,406
Ironwood
Associate
975
Grand Rapids
Associate
15,212
Dearborn
Associate
13,983
Lansing
Associate
19,465
Livonia
Doctorate
4,019
Harrison
Associate
3,918
Bloomfield Hills
Associate
24,532
Ann Arbor
Associate
12,068
Detroit
Associate
20,504

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Pharmacy Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Pharmacy Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Pharmacy Technicians relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Battle Creek 170 $24,270
Ann Arbor 680 $33,140
Bay City 160 $26,080
Jackson 200 $32,150
Detroit 5170 $29,840
Warren 5170 $29,840
Dearborn 5170 $29,840
Flint 790 $23,840
Grand Rapids 1310 $30,430
Wyoming 1310 $30,430
Saginaw 250 $30,130
Lansing 420 $28,970
East Lansing 420 $28,970
Kalamazoo 340 $30,670
Portage 340 $30,670
Midland 170 $24,350
Monroe 130 $30,630
Muskegon 190 $32,260
Niles 130 $30,120
Benton Harbor 130 $30,120

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