Pharmacy Technician Employment & Salary Trends, and Career Opportunities in Indiana

Pharmacy technician employment and salary trends, and career opportunities in Indiana

Overview

Indiana is home nearly 10,000 salaried pharmacy technicians. This means, around 3 percent of the nation’s 334,400 salaried technicians live in The Hoosier State. Aspiring pharmacy technicians choose Indiana for:

The opportunity to work at renowned facilities such as Indiana University Health, St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center, and Franciscan St. Francis Health (all nationally ranked and/or high performing in multiple specialties)

  • Access to more than 100 other outstanding health care facilities
  • Access to hundreds of quality health care and pharmacy technician training programs
  • Promising employment and salary growth

Employment and Salary Trends for Indiana Pharmacy Technicians

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), Indiana is home to 9,240 salaried pharmacy technicians. They average $27,710 per year. In 2006, Indiana-based pharmacy technicians averaged $25,060. This means salaries have increased by $350+ each year. Across the nation, pharmacy technicians average around $28,400 per year, with the top ten percent averaging $41,880 and the bottom ten percent earning $20,310 per year.

In addition to salary growth, aspiring Indiana pharmacy technicians can expect a fair amount ofemployment growth in the coming years. In 2006, the state was home to 7,270 pharmacy technicians, so the industry welcomed an additional 1,970 new technicians between 2006 and today. Overall, the pharmacy technician industry will experience a significant amount of employment growth between now and 2020. The industry expects to add 108,300 new jobs, so employment is expected to grow by an impressive 32 percent.

Pharmacy Technician Career Opportunities in Indiana

Many pharmacy technicians work for large chain pharmacies. Because chain pharmacies dedicate the majority of their space to goods outside of pharmaceuticals, a typical day might involve quite a bit of retail-type work. If you prefer to work in an alternative environment, you’re in luck. Sure, the top employer for pharmacy technicians is the bustling chain pharmacy, but the following areas are still worth a try: computer systems design firms, scientific and technical consulting services, government departments, hospitals and outpatient care centers, clinics, independent pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores, academic  institutions, and at electronic shopping and mail-order houses.

The state of Indiana is home to a number of companies and organizations in these areas, so be sure to discuss your career options with a counselor at your school. Otherwise, some of the biggest pharmacy chains in Indiana include:

  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Target Pharmacy
  • Sam’s Club Pharmacy
  • Kroger Pharmacy
  • Walmart
  • Kmart Pharmacy
  • Marsh Supermarket & Pharmacy
  • Scott’s Food & Pharmacy

Some of Indiana’s largest hospitals/hospital systems include:

  • Indiana University Health
  • Riley Hospital for Children Indiana University Health
  • St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health
  • Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services
  • Bloomington Hospital
  • Columbus Regional Hospital
  • Community Hospital
  • Indiana University Health North Hospital
  • Parkview Hospital
  • St. Catherine Hospital
  • Wishard Health Services

Schools Offering Pharmacy Technician Training Programs Include:

Ultimate Medical Academy Online
Programs available:
  • A.S.- Health Sciences (Pharmacy Technician)
Ross Medical Education Centers
Locations:
  • Granger, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Muncie, IN
Programs available:
  • Pharmacy Technician