Pharmacy technician jobs and positions in the US Mid-Atlantic states are currently readily available, yet hard to fill. Sometimes referred to as The American Middle Atlantic region, the states that comprise the area are all experiencing the same shortage of pharmacy technicians that’s being seen throughout all fifty states in the nation.
The National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 2021 economic health report revealed that a shocking eighty-eight percent (88%) of all retail pharmacies nationwide reported that pharmacy technicians are the most difficult pharmacy job position to currently fill. Many workforce experts agree that pharmacy technicians were perhaps among the jobs most affected by the COVID pandemic regarding the area of “employee burnout” and many simply left the workforce feeling underpaid, overworked and too stressed out to continue working in retail pharmacy settings.
Also noted by Pharmacy Times recently as a major reason that many pharmacy technicians switched careers and/or types of jobs is the ongoing tremendous shifting of the pharmacist’s and technician’s roles and duties due to the Pandemic. Many pharmacy technicians saw it simply as a way to get techs to take on additional responsibilities, but without any significant increase in pay.
Especially true in many rural areas of this geographic region, the current shortage of pharmacy technicians and staff has had a noticeably negative effect on the quality of healthcare that some of the area’s residents are currently receiving. The staffing shortage has led to reduced operating hours for many retail community drugstores and pharmacies, longer prescription dispensing waiting times, decreased customer satisfaction with the pharmacy’s operation & management, plus the turning away of some patients who were seeking to get COVID vaccinations.
The news at the end of June from the chain store giant Walmart (and Sam’s Club) sums up the situation regarding pharmacy technicians. Walmart has announced that they plan on hiring an estimated 5,000 new pharmacy technicians by the end of this year (2022). To do this, plus bolster and stabilize their current pharmacy tech retention rates, Walmart and Sam’s Club increased the average hourly wages for their pre-existing thirty-six+ thousand pharmacy technicians. This means that the existing technicians will be averaging over $20/hour, as it must be noted that this is the second time in less than a year that Walmart has given all of their techs a raise (the previous time was a raise in August of last year). In an attempt to attract new techs, a spokesman for the retailing giant stated that their starting pay for pharmacy techs will remain the same (ranging from $15 to $22.50/hour, with certified technicians starting at $16.50/hour and higher), but that the company is introducing a “progressive wage model” that will add up to $4 per hour to a pharmacy tech’s starting base pay over four years. Under the plan, every new starting pharmacy technician will get a raise every six months for their first two years with Walmart.
What Comprises The US Mid-Atlantic States?
The Middle Atlantic states, or known more commonly when shortened to the Mid-Atlantic states, is the region of the United States located along the East Coast between the Northeastern and Southeastern States. This region of the US Northeast typically includes the following states:
– New Jersey
– New York
– The District of Columbia (Washington DC)
Many people include the State of Connecticut as a part of the Mid-Atlantic region, as its climate is closer to that of the other Mid-Atlantic states than to the rest of the other states in New England.
From The Big Apple to The City of Brotherly Love, an estimated 60 million (58,095,788) people reside in the US Middle Atlantic Region. With nearly 330 million residents living in the entire USA, that equals roughly one-fifth (or a little under 20%) of our nation living in the American Mid-Atlantic states. This area includes New York City (NYC), affectionately known as The Big Apple or The City That Never Sleeps, to distinguish it from the State of New York, the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the nation. Philadelphia, or The City of Brotherly Love, also helps comprise this region, coming in as the sixth largest city in the US with a population of almost 1.7 million residents, as does our Nations’ Capital – Washington DC.
Several other major metropolitan areas located in the US Middle Atlantic region include:
– Baltimore, MD
– Newark, NJ
– Richmond, VA
– Buffalo, NY
– Norfolk, VA
– Albany, NY
– Pittsburgh, PA
Many view the Mid-Atlantic as a relatively affluent region of the nation, having 43 of the 100 highest-income counties in the nation, based on median household income, and 33 of the top 100, based on per capita income. Most of the Mid-Atlantic states rank among the 15 highest-income states in the nation, by median household income and per capita income.
How Many Pharmacy Tech Jobs Are There In the US Middle Atlantic States?
With the average US state having almost twelve hundred retail pharmacies, the seven states comprising the Mid-Atlantic area have more than ten thousand combined retail community drugstores and retail pharmacy chain stores. There’s an estimated total of over 100,000 pharmacy technician jobs and positions when looking at the region as a whole.
There are no “official and up-to-date” estimates that could be found for the total number of open positions available today for technicians in the Mid-Atlantic US. However, a search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website in the US) lists nearly eight-thousand five- hundred (8,447) open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacy Tech Jobs in Middle Atlantic USA”. These open pharmacy technician job positions are in all types of pharmacy settings, including retail community pharmacies, chain store and grocery pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy operations).
Are You a Pharmacy Tech Looking for a Job in the Mid-Atlantic Region?
Whether you’re a Pharmacy technician currently living in the Middle Atlantic region that’s looking to change jobs, or a tech simply planning on moving to the area in the near future and are currently in the “planning phase”, we strongly urge you to contact us here at Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing (HCC) today. HCC is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacy technician candidates to the right jobs and employers in all fifty states since 1989. Pharmacy staffing has been our primary business now for over three decades.
Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist registered pharmacists and pharmacy techs to find jobs that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Call us at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and a pharmacy technician staffing expert will get right back to you to discuss which potential job opportunities best match your skills, needs, and lifestyle requirements. Rest assured that Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a part of your team, helping you find the RIGHT technician job in the American Mid-Atlantic!