The issue of under-payment, I believe, is linked to the regulations and educational requirements of entering into our profession, which to be honest and in comparison to other professions such as nursing or radiologists, is not very much. If additional or higher pay is to be expected, the profession's value has to have some valid merit behind it. Certification and additional certificates are great, but having the basic educational entry requirements into licensure being increased would be a big step in remedying this issue. The PTCB changing their exam requirements for an applicant to require educational instruction was an excellent step in the right direction, but there should be more additional educational requirements for licensure to boost the value of our profession.
The gap between technicians and pharmacists is as it is for a few reasons;
Pharmacists are required to have an extensive education and it is absolutely a costly one. It is true that us technicians do the bulk (if not all) of the labor, but it is the pharmacist that carries the responsibility of liability. In most states, the requirements for entry into becoming an pharmacy technician are few.