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Pharmacist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 297,100 Pharmacists in the United States. The Pharmacist job market is expected to grow by 3.1% between 2014 and 2024.

Pharmacist Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Pharmacists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 78,400 Pharmacists. That number is based on 9,100 additional Pharmacists, and the retirement of 69,300 existing Pharmacists.

Demand for Pharmacists

According to a November 2015 analysis by the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC), the nationwide supply of pharmacists has exceeded the number of available jobs. While a single month is not indicative of a trend, it is noteworthy that the CEO of The Pharmacists Registry, a firm that fills temporary pharmacist placements, stated, ‘I have definitely seen the trend toward the oversupply of pharmacists… too many pharmacy schools are graduating too many new pharmacists.’ The majority of job losses will occur in the traditional retail sector, as online and mail order sales increase. However, it is expected that healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and assisted living facilities will add more jobs than the ones lost in retail. New kinds of job opportunities for pharmacists are also entering the marketplace. These include positions with managed care organizations, in which pharmacists analyze trends in medication use and in ‘pharmacoeconomics’ – the comparison and cost and benefit analysis of different drugs and drug therapies. Additional demand may also stem from jobs in disease management, sales and marketing, and pharmacy informatics – the use of information technology to improve patient care.

Supply of Pharmacists

The Pharmacist industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and Florida.

Pharmacist Job Market by State

State name Employed Pharmacists
California 28,670
Texas 21,560
Florida 21,490
New York 20,440
Pennsylvania 13,460
Ohio 12,590
Illinois 12,010
Georgia 9,630
North Carolina 9,550
Michigan 9,050
New Jersey 8,700
Tennessee 7,980
Massachusetts 7,920
Virginia 7,000
Missouri 6,570
Maryland 6,490
Indiana 6,360
Minnesota 6,050
Washington 5,900
Arizona 5,760
Wisconsin 5,560
Colorado 5,510
Alabama 5,430
South Carolina 4,800
Louisiana 4,550
Kentucky 4,450
Oregon 3,990
Oklahoma 3,760
Arkansas 3,520
Iowa 3,480
Kansas 3,010
Mississippi 2,740
Connecticut 2,730
Utah 2,560
Nebraska 2,360
Nevada 2,340
West Virginia 2,290
Puerto Rico 2,130
New Mexico 1,800
Hawaii 1,560
Idaho 1,440
Rhode Island 1,440
Maine 1,420
South Dakota 1,240
Delaware 1,110
New Hampshire 1,110
Montana 1,080
District of Columbia 800
North Dakota 760
Wyoming 540
Vermont 490
Alaska 470
Guam 70
Virgin Islands 70

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