Pharmacist Job Outlook: Finding a Job After Pharmacy School.
The Pharmacist Job Outlook has been miscommunicated, to say the least. When prospective pharmacy students search for descriptions of a pharmacist job, they often find outdated and misleading information.
The Bad News
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports pharmacist job loss over the next 10 years for a particular sector: retail, mail, and specialty pharmacies.
The Good News
While pharmacist jobs are decreasing in retail, mail, and specialty pharmacies jobs will be increasing in almost every other field of pharmacy, particularly those jobs which are more clinically advanced.
The Opportunity for New Pharmacists
Why is the pharmacist job outlook so great? Well, there are a few key things to highlight:
• The practice of pharmacy is always changing
Pharmacists are not doing the same things they did decades ago. “Pharmacist” no longer only means the person who mixes your drugs behind a counter. Now, to be a pharmacist can mean anything from mixing life-saving IV nutrition to electronic prescription checking.
• Diverse Job Opportunities
With jobs predicted to decline in one area of pharmacy, this message is essential. While it would be nearly impossible to list all of the potential pharmacist jobs, here are some areas of pharmacy you may not have heard of:
Academia (educator type of role)
Industry (clinical trials, prescriber education, drug sales)
Managed care (healthplan or insurance company)
• Location, location, location
Location has a huge impact on the pharmacist job outlook. Larger metropolitan areas may have different job outlooks depending on the type of pharmacist position, but in general rural areas have fewer pharmacists to fill the current needs, not to mention growing needs.
• People will always need medication
The most important thing about the pharmacist job outlook is that people will always need medication. Even as medicine advances, medications are central to treatment and management of almost every disease or condition.
In summary, the pharmacist job outlook is bright as pharmacists move forward in the advancement of the profession. No longer limited to one kind of practice, but asked to join other medical professionals in patient care.
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I cannot believe the pharmacy schools would put this on the Internet. I am a pharmacist who can only find per diem work. I have been a pharmacist for 30 years plus I have a Master's Degree. If my husband didn't have a good job I would be on the street. There are few jobs. The BLS predicts 50,000 pharmacists without jobs in 2025. Pharmacy schools have expanded and want your tuition money. They have no responsibility to pay back your loans or find you a job. Where are the surveys of pharmacists currently in the job market, how many are unemployed or underemployed? How many would go to pharmacy school again? Pharmacy schools don't want anyone doing a comprehensive survey of pharmacists. If you are considering pharmacy school be warned you are probably wasting your money and time.
Okay, you say not to over analyze but at the same time you are giving me more numbers from BLS.gov. I only gave you numbers like how you are giving everyone else numbers. Now that you see what the actual numbers are you want to widen the goal posts and somewhat agree with me by saying, "It's a fucking warzone out there now now." And why would you come back at with me with numbers that are lower? To prove that there are other jobs out there that are extremely saturated to make it seem like pharmacy isn't? Look up web developer, software developer, etc. There are numbers higher than 10%.
Pointl Ess look up electrical engineer, computer engineer, mechanical engineer, auto, civil....all around similar job growth... doesn’t mean shit. All about 5-10%. With computer engineer being 5%. Less than a pharmacist. Stop overanalyzing. It’s not just pharmacy...research medical student residency matching oversaturation, especially since the DO and MD merger. It’s a fucking warzone out there now now.
Jimmy Even with the 6% increase over a 10 year period, that only leads to 17400 new jobs. The average amount of pharmacy graduates is 13000 per year. Tell me how each student will be able to find a job when the predicted jobs available only goes up to 17400 in a 10 year period where about 13000 new pharmacy graduates come out per year.
Unfortunately, more and more of these clinical jobs are demanding residencies and there is not enough of them for everyone who is interested in them. Look into non traditional pharmacy jobs if you want to go to pharmacy school. I.E. anything that is related, but does not necessarily require a PharmD.
Filmon Tewolde Amazon tried getting into pharmacy, but last time I heard they pulled out because the regulations are too stringent. As for the rest of it, that is kind of my point. Congratulations, you agree with me for the most part.
just a random gal Why?? Hospitals all across the country are closing. Also, amazon is getting into the pharmacy business , which will create disruption. They are trying to elminate employees and most highly paid in a pharmacy is the pharmacist. We will see them set a n amazon go format to pharmacy.
Let me get your thoughts.
Two negative things: 1) What is clinical knowledge anymore is based on the drug companies market goals. Starting from a fake diagnosis, whether it be cancer or mental illness, they are put into a clinical trial. A cure means what? We are a country of lies, and corporate controlled universities are the devil in the details.
2) A 5 year degree was enough. Making people go to "school" that 6th year, which is working for free at 10 different sites for 1 month, at a higher tuition, is not turning out a more clinical pharmacist. Now they have come up with a 2 year residency after that.
2 years? That is how long a M.Sc. in Physician Assistant takes. If you cannot learn what ever else you need to learn after a 5 year program from a book, better be something like brain surgery or other hands on real learning. Not this shuffling papers and reading lie after lie.
League in Na Clinical Pharmaciats will be on the decline. Google Hospitals closing all the countrys. Also Amazon is getting the pharmacy business , which will create distruption. They are trying to create a amazon go theme in a pharmacy format.
Sepand Ghanouni because he probably had a) no debt, b)was able to secure a job, c)knew someone in the pharmacy game I mean is he also Iranian? He had those connections locked down. Pharmacy isn't worth it if a) you're a first gen pharmacist with no ties to the industry, b)you are taking out loans, c)are unwilling to take a job in the middle of nowhere.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.