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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

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

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Flint
Doctorate
21,210
Bloomfield Hills
Associates
18,923
Detroit
Associates
16,822
Grand Rapids
Associates
14,464
Big Rapids
Doctorate
14,187
Lansing
Associates
13,583
Dearborn
Bachelors
12,653
Ann Arbor
Associates
12,160
Livonia
Bachelors
11,339
Jackson
Bachelors
5,413
Harrison
Associates
4,122
Livonia
Doctorate
3,298
Dowagiac
Associates
2,252
Alpena
Bachelors
1,536
Roscommon
Associates
1,529
Scottville
Associates
1,274
Ironwood
Associates
1,110
Detroit
Masters
966
Lansing
Associates
299
Plainwell
N/A
224
Wayne
N/A
196
Madison Heights
N/A
188
Kentwood
N/A
188
Saginaw
N/A
159
Jackson
Associates
150
Davison
N/A
139
Saginaw
N/A
135
Lansing
N/A
120
Southgate
N/A
116
Ann Arbor
N/A
92
Brighton
N/A
90
Lansing
N/A
62
Detroit
N/A
0

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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Battle Creek170 $29,900
Ann Arbor680 $33,090
Bay City160 $28,290
Jackson180 $31,050
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn6470 $33,120
Flint760 $26,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming1400 $30,950
Saginaw280 $33,170
Lansing-East Lansing520 $29,500
Kalamazoo-Portage530 $30,720
Midland180 $27,250
Monroe110 $31,660
Muskegon260 $31,750
Niles-Benton Harbor170 $30,930

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