ERIC Number: ED357799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Assessment of Pharmacy Technicians for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.
In January 1990, there were no Pharmacy Technician (PT) programs in Iowa. To determine the need for a PT program in the Eastern Iowa Community College District, a survey was conducted of 958 pharmacy-related businesses in Iowa and the Quad Cities of Illinois believed to be employing PT's. The survey gathered information on personnel employed; minimum education sought for entry-level PT's; difficulty finding qualified PT's; and projected employee interest in a PT program. Study findings, based on a 55% response rate (N=526, of which 97% were Iowa-based), included the following: (1) 47% of the respondents represented pharmacies in retail stores, 26% stand-alone pharmacies, and 17% hospitals; (2) 76% of the respondents employed only 1 or 2 registered pharmacists; (3) among the 336 respondents employing PT's, 69% employed less than 3; (4) among respondents who employed or would employ PT's, 84% required only a high school diploma for entry-level PT's, though several respondents indicated that the low requirements were due to the lack of a PT program; (5) respondents indicated a total of 237 full-time and 336 part-time openings for PT's from January 1990 through 1992; (6) 197 respondents estimated that at total of 524 employees within their facilities would be interested in enrolling in PT programs; and (7) projections for 110 local PT job openings in 1992 and the interest of 76 employers in a PT program substantiated the need for a PT program at the college. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.