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License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 12 states
46th most burdensome licensing requirements
61st most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Pharmacy technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. Workers may measure, mix, count out, label and record amounts and dosages of medications.
Twelve states require pharmacy technicians to obtain a license, though most simply impose a fee averaging $67. Seven states establish a minimum age of 16 to 18. Only Montana requires pharmacy techs to pass an exam. Three states -- California, Arizona and Illinois -- impose significant education and training requirements of two years.