should i chose medical assistant or pharmacy tech?


Dre A asked:

i have found an online school that offers both.
i am hoping to become a lab tech afterwards then becoming a physician’s assistant.
i am intrigued with tox, but i don’t know which would pay more and be an asset to my education and career down the line.
any suggestions?

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I think a ;pharmacy tech makes more money, but if you want to eventually become a PA than becoming a medical assistant would be better.


Try talking to pharmacy techs and medical assistants where you live. They will have valuable info for you about the job. Med assistants work with doctors so that might be a better way to get your foot in the door. Also see if your local tech college offers these classes. Online classes aren’t all they are cracked up to be.


It is hard to say, because both of them have assets towards the career goal of becoming a physician assistant.

Medical Assistants do primarily administrative work, and they work with the back office with lab tests such as urine and pregnancy tests, and they also help with some minor surgeries etc.

Pharmacy Technicians help with the functioning of the pharmacy. They are responsible for helping fill the prescriptions, and then education of patients, where medications are familiar to the patient.

In my humble opinion, I believe that the medical assistant would be more direct towards your goal as a physician assistant.

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