Pharmacy technicians are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, pharmacy technicians rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 15% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy pharmacy technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Clinical research coordinator
2.8
$138k
Home health aide
2.8
$22k
Psychiatric technician
2.8
$37k
Licensed practical nurse
2.8
$48k
Medical laboratory technologist
2.8
$46k
Pharmacy technician
2.8
$37k
Medical administrative assistant
2.8
$37k
Neurodiagnostic technologist
2.8
$46k
Clinical nurse specialist
2.8
$78k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$61k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are pharmacy technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do pharmacy technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as pharmacy technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are pharmacy technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are pharmacy technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are pharmacy technicians happy with their salary?

Pharmacy technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Pharmacy technicians tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked pharmacy technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

2406 pharmacy technicians

5 Star
8%

8% of pharmacy technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of pharmacy technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of pharmacy technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of pharmacy technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of pharmacy technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do pharmacy technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, pharmacy technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most pharmacy technicians aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked pharmacy technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

2412 pharmacy technicians

5 Star
9%

9% of pharmacy technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of pharmacy technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of pharmacy technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of pharmacy technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of pharmacy technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as pharmacy technicians?

Pharmacy technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of pharmacy technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked pharmacy technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

2574 pharmacy technicians

5 Star
30%

30% of pharmacy technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of pharmacy technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of pharmacy technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of pharmacy technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of pharmacy technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a pharmacy technician’s work environment?

As a whole, pharmacy technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked pharmacy technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

2579 pharmacy technicians

5 Star
19%

19% of pharmacy technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of pharmacy technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of pharmacy technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of pharmacy technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of pharmacy technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are pharmacy technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former pharmacy technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Pharmacy technicians tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked pharmacy technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

2580 pharmacy technicians

5 Star
15%

15% of pharmacy technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of pharmacy technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of pharmacy technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of pharmacy technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of pharmacy technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars