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Pharmacy Technician

License required in 44 states

73rd most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

26th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

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

Licensing

Forty-four states require pharmacy technicians to obtain licenses. On average, these laws require $136 in fees, 46 days of education and experience, and about one exam—the 73rd most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because pharmacy technicians are licensed by most states, the occupation ranks as the 26th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary greatly across states. While most states (29) require no education or experience, Florida, Nevada and West Virginia require over 220 days—more than seven months—of education and experience. (See Appendix B for details on education and experience requirements.) Similarly, while Utah requires two exams, 19 states require none. Fees also vary, from $25 in Kentucky and Rhode Island to $379 in New Mexico.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Florida 44 $105 245 1050 clock hours 0 0 17
2 West Virginia 44 $190 227 20 clock hours 960 clock hours 1 12 0
3 Nevada 44 $80 222 600 clock hours 350 clock hours 0 12 18
4 Louisiana 44 $270 140 600 clock hours 1 12 18
5 Utah 44 $229 140 600 clock hours 2 12 0
6 Arizona 44 $197 140 600 clock hours 1 12 18
7 Illinois 44 $169 140 600 clock hours 1 12 18
8 Oklahoma 44 $40 140 600 clock hours 1 12 18
9 Washington 44 $189 140 600 clock hours 1 12 0
10 New Mexico 44 $379 140 600 clock hours 1 0 0
11 Rhode Island 44 $25 140 600 clock hours 0 0 18
12 North Dakota 44 $174 91 3 months 1 12 0
13 Massachusetts 44 $150 56 240 clock hours 1 0 18
14 Maryland 44 $63 37 160 clock hours 1 0 17
15 Wyoming 44 $229 0 1 12 18
16 Idaho 44 $199 0 1 12 18
17 Indiana 44 $193 0 1 12 18
18 Montana 44 $189 0 1 12 18
19 Nebraska 44 $154 0 1 12 18
20 California 44 $290 0 1 12 0
21 Oregon 44 $231 0 1 12 0
22 Texas 44 $209 0 1 12 0
23 Ohio 44 $46 0 1 12 18
24 New Hampshire 44 $50 19 80 clock hours 0 0 16
25 Michigan 44 $184 0 1 12 0
26 Iowa 44 $169 0 1 12 0
27 South Dakota 44 $154 0 1 12 0
27 Virginia 44 $154 0 1 12 0
29 Alaska 44 $120 0 0 12 18
30 Mississippi 44 $90 0 0 12 18
31 New Jersey 44 $85 0 0 12 18
32 Minnesota 44 $38 0 0 12 18
33 Arkansas 44 $73 0 0 12 0
34 North Carolina 44 $159 0 1 0 0
35 Georgia 44 $100 0 0 0 17
36 Alabama 44 $60 0 0 0 17
37 Kentucky 44 $25 0 0 0 16
38 Tennessee 44 $127 0 0 0 0
39 Connecticut 44 $100 0 0 0 0
40 Missouri 44 $78 0 0 0 0
41 Kansas 44 $68 0 0 0 0
42 Vermont 44 $50 0 0 0 0
43 Maine 44 $41 0 0 0 0
44 South Carolina 44 $40 0 0 0 0