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Old 02-10-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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According to the chart that I have it says:

North Carolina - State registers but does not license or certify.
South Carolina - State registers and certifies, but doesn't license.

Not sure what they mean by the state certifying, though. I should think that passing the PTCB would be good enough.

Basically here is my situation........I have a BS degree in Medical Technology with an ASCP certification. Unfortunately due to some chemical allergies that I developed, I can no longer work the bench in the lab. Managerial, sales or technical support would be fine. I also have 10 years technical and sales support and some regular sales experience as well. But I have found out no matter how good you were at your job (Fortune 10 company and top of my field), if you are older (I'm 55 now) and have been away from it for a bit (due to back surgery and recovery and then not being able to find anything), no one is interested no matter how well you can do the job. I contacted two different firms down there about jobs they had advertised and never heard anything from either of them. And I felt I was more than qualified and capable to do either job.

Anyway, I had thoughts of taking an online PhT course, which because of my background I could do in a month or so, and then taking the PTCB boards, so I would be certified by a national agency. We are closing on our home in Sun City Carolina Lakes in March and if I could find a job down there, I would move down earlier than we planned and hubby would stay up here until he could find something down there as well. I don't need a huge salary, but it would be nice to have something at least to take care of my basic living costs. But at $10/hour I'm not sure that would work. I would love to find something to get back into field technical support and training, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

Sounds like NH
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Wow, $12-14/hr is it?

Sorry, just thought a pharmacy tech would be making more than a meat clerk at the grocery store...

Meat cutters do make around $18 at the store I work in. I work as a Pharmacy Tech and I do make almost that but man those meat cutters earn that money They walk around with blood all over them work with saws ugggg.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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I thought I would do an update to this thread that I started.

I did move down to our house here in SC in the fall of 2008 because I couldn't stand the winters anymore...........yeah, I know, what a jolt this winter was! I was not happy!!

Anyway, we have been having a really hard time selling our house in PA and I was pretty much forced to go back to work. After checking around the various pharmacies in the area I decided that I just couldn't afford to take the courses and test and still have a hard time getting a job. Most told me that no one they knew was hiring, especially someone with virtually no experience no matter what kind of certification they had. So I took a job as a customer support rep/account manager at a local cookware distribution center. Overall pay is rather low, but after looking for 6 months for a job I was happy, and felt lucky, to even be offered this one. Too bad all my medical background and customer experience meant absolutely nothing in this economy. Well, actually I guess it's why I was even offered this job (and also knowing someone at the company), but with a significant cut in pay.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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I thought I would do an update to this thread that I started.

I did move down to our house here in SC in the fall of 2008 because I couldn't stand the winters anymore...........yeah, I know, what a jolt this winter was! I was not happy!!

Anyway, we have been having a really hard time selling our house in PA and I was pretty much forced to go back to work. After checking around the various pharmacies in the area I decided that I just couldn't afford to take the courses and test and still have a hard time getting a job. Most told me that no one they knew was hiring, especially someone with virtually no experience no matter what kind of certification they had. So I took a job as a customer support rep/account manager at a local cookware distribution center. Overall pay is rather low, but after looking for 6 months for a job I was happy, and felt lucky, to even be offered this one. Too bad all my medical background and customer experience meant absolutely nothing in this economy. Well, actually I guess it's why I was even offered this job (and also knowing someone at the company), but with a significant cut in pay.
I wasn't clear what sort of positions you had held/were looking for other than pharmacy tech jobs. Have you tried CRA positions?
Try searching for CRA or research on simplyhired.com maybe.
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