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Flipping burgers or filling bottles?

Post: April 25, 2018

With high school graduation fast approaching, many soon-to-be graduates are trying to figure out what the next step will be:

"How do I close the gap between what I received in scholarships and what I owe in tuition?"

"What is a good way to get a little extra spending money?"

"Mom and Dad want me to get a job this summer. What has flexible hours and pays well?"

Many high school students and recent graduates seem to flock to retail and fast-food. A few will find office work, but what about the medical field? Believe it or not, there are opportunities there for high school graduates that pay well - even right out of high school. For students looking to get into the medical field as a career, becoming a pharmacy technician is a great way to start. The average salary of a CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) is $15.37 an hour. The hours are flexible and the pay is well above what a person would average working in the fast-food industry. What is the average hourly rate for fast-food? $7.93.

That's a $7.44 per hour difference!

With a little extra effort and preparation, a senior in high school can study to become a pharmacy technician and get the certification before they even graduate. Crazy, right?