I have worked in pharmacy technician since my senior year of high school. The easiest way to become a pharm tech is to start in a retail pharmacy, they'll train you for your state pharmacy technician license. You could stay in retail or transition to hospital pharmacy. I've worked in hospital pharmacy all of my undergrad and gap year. The hospitals I worked with were great with my schedule for every other weekend and I picked up during my breaks. You can get direct patient contact hours by working in different areas of the hospital, I currently interact with patients, PAs, and all healthcare members as a pharmacy technician specialists in the emergency department.