If you’re thinking about a pharmacy technician career in Florida, you may have several colleges and vocational schools to choose from, with pharmacy tech programs like certificates, diplomas, and associate and bachelor degree programs.
Pharmacies are a critical feature of the healthcare field, which means pharmacy technicians are important professionals to have around! Earning credentials from a pharmacy tech program could be great preparation to pursue a career in a pharmacy, hospital, grocery store pharmacy, ambulatory service center, and other places that employ pharmacy technicians. We’ve put together a lot of useful information for you, so enjoy learning more about this rewarding career path below.
Florida General Education Information and Data[i]
You’ll find more info related to pharmacy technician programs in Florida, below. But first, learn more about higher education in the Sunshine State!
- There are 144 four-year institutions in Florida. That’s a lot more than the national average of 56!
- Florida has 79 two-year institutions, while the national average is 33.
- The average for total male fall enrollment in Florida is 436,350–over twice the national average of 171,951.
- The total female fall enrollment in Florida is 616,871, compared to the national average of 228,592.
Pharmacy Technician Careers in Florida
The Sunshine State ranks #3 among states with the highest level of employment for pharmacy technicians![ii] Check out these other interesting facts about pharmacy techs in Florida:
- There are currently 24,430 pharmacy technicians working in Florida.[iii]
- The projected number of pharmacy technician roles in Florida by 2022 is 30,250; that’s an expected increase of 24% and approximately 5,820 jobs from 2012-2022.[iii]
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for pharmacy technicians in Florida is $20,600.[iii]
- The annual mean 90th percentile wage for pharmacy technicians in Florida is $38,300.[iii]
If you’re interested in a pharmacy technician career, you may also be exploring other roles in the healthcare industry. As you weigh your options, check out the annual mean 10th percentile wages for a few other healthcare jobs in Florida:
- Medical Records & Health Information Technicians: $22,960[iv]
- Medical Assistant: $21,630[v]
- EMT (Emergency Medical Technician): $21,210[vi]
- CNA (certified nursing assistant): $18,620[vii]
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Florida
Do I need any certification to become a Pharmacy Technician in Florida?
The state of Florida regulates pharmacy technicians but does not require them to earn national certification.[viii] However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that certification may make it easier for pharmacy technicians to find employment.[ix]
Which certifications are approved in Florida?
While no certification is required in Florida, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is accepted. There are 18,872 active PTCB certified pharmacy technicians in Florida![viii]
Am I required to have a license to become a Pharmacy Technician in Florida?[ix]
Yes, all pharmacy techs in Florida must register for licensure with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. After your initial application, you should be notified of your status within 7 - 14 days. Once the license is issued, it typically takes about seven days to receive your copy.
What are the initial requirements to become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician in Florida?[x]
- Must complete a board-approved pharmacy technician training program
- Must submit an application and related fees
- Must submit your criminal history and supporting documents, if applicable.
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED[xi]
Does my Pharm Tech License ever expire in FL?[x]
Yes, your license will require biennial renewal (every two years). As of 2015, renewal requires $55 renewal fee and completion of 20 hours of continuing education (CE). All continuing education must be approved by either the Florida Board of Pharmacy or ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education).
Is there training required to become a pharm tech in FL?[x]
Yes, the Florida Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacy technicians to complete an approved training program. The program must contain a minimum of 160 training hours over a period of six months or fewer.
Florida accepts pharmacy tech training programs approved by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Also acceptable are programs at schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on or before January 1, 2011, programs approved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) on or before January 1, 2011, programs at schools accredited by the Council on Occupational Education on or before January 1, 2011, and programs offered by a branch of the federal armed services for which the candidate has a certificate of completion on or before January 1, 2011. Other pharmacy technician training programs may not be acceptable and should be pre-approved by the board.
Are there any Pharmacy Technician Professional Organizations in Florida?
Want to get more involved in the pharmacy technician field? Professional pharmacy tech organizations are a great resource for recent graduates. Check out some of these state and national professional organizations for pharmacy techs:
- Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA)
- The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)
- American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT)
- Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP)
Joining a pharmacy technician professional association could offer a variety of benefits, from networking and meeting others in your field to continuing your education and professional development. A professional organization is also a great way to have fun and participate in industry events. Many associations charge annual membership fees but offer lots of great resources for members.
How do I contact the State Board?
Florida Board of Pharmacy Office: Department of Health
Board of Pharmacy
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Voice: (850) 245-4292 Fax: 850-413-6982