Demand for pharmacy technicians is growing because:
- an ageing population which means an increased demand for health care of all types
- turnover is high as pharmacy technicians often move into careers in community health or in sales for drug companies
- pharmacy technicians are taking on some tasks that used to be performed by pharmacists.
According to the Census, 2,418 pharmacy technicians worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Starting as a pharmacy assistant is a good way into the job
Most pharmacy technicians start off as sales assistants in pharmacies before starting pharmacy technician training.
Most pharmacy technicians work at community pharmacies
Most pharmacy technicians work at community pharmacies. A smaller number work in public hospital pharmacies, and a few work in wholesale sales, or manufacturing and research.