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Pharmacy Technician

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 12 states
46th most burdensome licensing requirements
61st most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Pharmacy technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. Workers may measure, mix, count out, label and record amounts and dosages of medications.

Summary

Twelve states require pharmacy technicians to obtain a license, though most simply impose a fee averaging $67. Seven states establish a minimum age of 16 to 18. Only Montana requires pharmacy techs to pass an exam. Three states -- California, Arizona and Illinois -- impose significant education and training requirements of two years.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Arizona 46 730 0 12 18
2 California 101 730 0 12 0
3 Illinois 40 730 0 0 16
4 Louisiana 100 140 0 12 18
5 Montana 60 0 1 12 18
6 Alabama 150 0 0 12 18
7 Arkansas 76 0 0 12 0
8 New Hampshire 25 0 0 0 18
9 Missouri 87 0 0 0 0
10 Minnesota 20 0 0 0 16
11 Connecticut 50 0 0 0 0
12 Iowa 44 0 0 0 0

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