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Fast Facts for Pharmacy Technicians in Minnesota

Minnesota pharmacy technician schools prepare students for a career assisting pharmacists as they store and manage various kinds of medicine and fill prescriptions for patients. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following regions in Minnesota employed the corresponding number of pharmacy technicians in 2013:

  • Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 190

  • Duluth: 450

  • Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 420

  • St. Cloud: 270

  • Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 260

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: 4,520

  • Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 420

  • Rochester: 410

  • Mankato-North Mankato: 110

The U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop reports that employment for pharmacy technicians could increase by as much as 14 percent in the state of Minnesota during the decade leading up to 2022.

Salaries for Pharmacy Technicians in Minnesota

The BLS reports that most pharmacy technicians begin their career by earning a high school diploma and competing some on-the-job training. However, many also pursue postsecondary education offered through pharmacy technicians schools in Minnesota. Beyond educational attainment, many students also pursue certification as an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Doing so can prove proficiency and increase job prospects, notes the BLS.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop, pharmacy technicians in Minnesota earned an annual mean wage of $31,100 in 2013, a figure that compares favorably to the national average for this occupation, which was $29,600 the same year.

Nationally, the industries that employed the most pharmacy technicians in 2013 were health and personal care stores, general medical and surgical hospitals, and other general merchandise stores. Meanwhile, the industries that paid the highest annual mean wage nationally in 2013 are as follows:

  • Federal Executive Branch: $40,890

  • Outpatient Care Centers: $39,050

  • Offices of Physicians: $37,780

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Manufacturing: $37,420

More Minnesota Pharmacy Technician Schools

This data, from the National Center for Education Statistics, reflects the 2013-2014 school year.

School Name

Campus

Highest Award

Enrolled

Anthem College

Saint Louis Park

Associate

132

Brown College-Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center

Bachelor's

144

Brown College- Mendota Heights

Mendota Heights

Bachelor's

237

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park

Associate

6,402

Hibbing Community College

Hibbing

Associate

1,376

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Fergus Falls

Associate

6,464

National American University-Bloomington

Bloomington

Bachelor's

509

National American University-Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center

Bachelor's

756

National American University- Burnsville

Burnsville

Bachelor's

161

National American University- Roseville

Roseville

Bachelor's

371

Northland Community and Technical College

Thief River Falls

Associate

3,792

Rasmussen College

St. Cloud

Bachelor's

5,485

Riverland Community College

Austin

Associate

3,308

South Central College

North Mankato

Associate

3,410

Summit Academy Opportunity Industrialization Center

Minneapolis

Certificate

252

Metro Areas Rated for Salary and Popularity

Listed below are metro areas in Minnesota 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

Rochester

3.91

$38,030

Mankato-North Mankato

2.37

$33,110

St. Cloud

2.82

$32,580

Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area

3.51

$31,810

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

2.52

$31,690

Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area

2.28

$31,200

Duluth

3.67

$30,600

Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area

2.45

$30,260

Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area

2.15

$28,820

As you can see, the difference in pay can be staggering depending on the region. For example, the Rochester area of Minnesota paid an annual mean wage of $38,030, almost $10,000 more than the annual mean wage in the southwest nonmetropolitan area of the state. However, since the national annual mean wage for pharmacy technicians was only $29,650 in 2013, it's safe to say that the employers of pharmacy technicians in the state of Minnesota, as a whole, pay slightly higher than those in the rest of the country.

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, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292052&menuMode=&stfips=27&x=44&y=1

"National Center for Education Statistics," College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=MN&p=51.0805

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More Minnesota Pharmacy Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
White Bear Lake
Associate
8,968
Fergus Falls
Associate
6,164
Thief River Falls
Associate
4,027
Austin
Associate
3,687
Minneapolis
Doctorate & First Professional
50,883

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Pharmacy Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Minnesota. 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, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 270 $33,180
Mankato-North Mankato 140 $32,860
Rochester 670 $34,610

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