Pharmacy technicians in Ontario, Canada, are paying up to $200,000 a year to work in the pharmacy sector, as the Ontario government looks to hire more.
The Ontario Ministry of Health said it is asking for “at least five to seven positions” in the industry in an effort to fill a shortage.
“The pharmacist will be responsible for providing the pharmacy services to customers and the pharmacist’s work will be closely aligned with the department’s clinical and operational strategy,” a statement from the ministry said.
“Pharmacy technicians will be required to be bilingual and possess a bachelor’s degree.”
The positions will be paid $35,000 annually, with the average annual salary to be $61,500, the statement said.
Ontario has been working to recruit more pharmacist-driven jobs, with a pharmacist shortage plaguing the province.
In the last six months, there have been 2,700 applications for pharmacists, with about 1,500 of those being accepted.
The Ministry said it will look for people with experience in clinical and pharmacy management, pharmacy education, pharmacy operations and pharmacy supply.
In September, the government announced plans to hire 1,000 pharmacists.
While the government is looking to hire pharmacy technicians, the position is also being filled by pharmacists who are not currently working in the sector.
In April, the Ontario Government said it would hire 2,500 pharmacists over the next five years.