Pharmacist assistant salary projections need to take into account the increasing demand which symptoms being put upon the health care industry as a whole. Doctors are being put under pressure, which means that work is being delegated to pharmacists. The pharmacists themselves are under-staffed and finding it hard to cope, so they in turn have to delegate to technicians and assistants, leading to increasing employment opportunities.
The largest employer of pharmacists has traditionally been the retail industry, as there was always a need for routine prescriptions to be dispensed. This does still take up most of the time of the registered pharmacist, as the population is getting older and a larger percentage of it is receiving a regular medical treatment. The task of dispensing these prescriptions is very much a routine one as there is little or no advice to give. This is the work which a pharmacist has always been happy to delegate to technicians and assistants. Now, however, we are increasingly reaching a situation where advisory work is also being delegated. The pharmacist will still need to supervise the operation to make sure the correct advice is being given, but assistants now have a greater responsibility.
This, combined with the fact that more technicians and assistants are needed, is leading to upward pressure on salaries for employees of pharmacies in the retail sector. As the numbers of retail pharmacies increase, so will the demand for assistants. The only factor which works against this is the fact that a college education is not required, so there are always more people eligible to work in this job. It is especially attractive to those who have the ambition to become a pharmacist, as they will be able to gain useful experience while they complete their online study and training.
The pharmacist assistant salary will still increase above the rate of inflation for the foreseeable future, both in the retail setting and in hospitals. A hospital pharmacist technician can also be useful in taking over some of the routine work which the pharmacist has to deal with. In a hospital, there are typically many patients who have been receiving the same drug treatments for an extended period of time, and in some cases without having the attention which they probably needed. The pharmacist can spend more time than doctors in making sure that the drug treatment is still the right one, but assistants can play a valuable part in the routine administration.
There are fundamentally two types of people who become assistants in a pharmacy. Some are simply looking for a job within the medical profession which does not need an advanced education, so they can work in an environment they feel comfortable with an be of genuine service to people. For others, the position is simply a stepping stone on the way to a career as a pharmacist, meaning a far higher salary and many more career opportunities. You don’t even need to decide at the start whether you want to become a pharmacist or not, as you can begin studying at any time.
Even the pharmacist assistant salary itself can become higher as you progress within the career. Many pharmacy establishments now have a need for more than one assistant, or even a hierarchy of assistants. If you do well in the job and build up an enviable work record, you could still find yourself receiving a promotion and increased responsibility. You will be able to oversee the work of other technicians or assistants and make sure it is being carried out properly. This should also give you the appropriate rise in pharmacist assistant salary.