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
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 420
St. Cloud: 270
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington: 4,520
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area: 420
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.
Saint Louis Park
Brown College-Brooklyn Center
Brown College- Mendota Heights
Hennepin Technical College
Hibbing Community College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
National American University-Bloomington
National American University-Brooklyn Center
National American University- Burnsville
National American University- Roseville
Northland Community and Technical College
Thief River Falls
Riverland Community College
South Central College
Summit Academy Opportunity Industrialization Center
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:
Employment per 1,000 Residents
Annual Mean Wage in 2013
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
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.
"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
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
White Bear Lake
Thief River Falls
Doctorate & First Professional
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.
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 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary