Pharmacist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 312,500 Pharmacists in the United States. The Pharmacist job market is expected to grow by 5.6% between 2016 and 2026.

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 19,300 Pharmacists. That number is based on 17,400 additional Pharmacists, and the retirement of 1,900 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 New York.

Pharmacist Job Market by State

State name Employed Pharmacists
California 29,860
Texas 22,130
New York 21,890
Florida 20,510
Pennsylvania 13,630
Ohio 12,720
Illinois 12,020
Georgia 9,880
New Jersey 9,480
North Carolina 9,430
Michigan 9,420
Massachusetts 8,240
Tennessee 7,440
Virginia 6,980
Arizona 6,740
Indiana 6,320
Maryland 6,290
Minnesota 6,280
Missouri 6,060
Washington 5,940
Alabama 5,430
Wisconsin 5,390
Colorado 5,270
Kentucky 4,840
South Carolina 4,750
Louisiana 4,460
Oregon 4,040
Oklahoma 3,710
Arkansas 3,550
Iowa 3,320
Kansas 3,030
Connecticut 2,810
Mississippi 2,530
Nevada 2,460
Utah 2,460
Nebraska 2,440
West Virginia 2,270
Puerto Rico 2,020
Hawaii 1,700
New Mexico 1,550
Rhode Island 1,490
Idaho 1,400
Maine 1,290
South Dakota 1,250
Montana 1,190
New Hampshire 1,080
Delaware 1,010
District of Columbia 940
North Dakota 810
Vermont 640
Wyoming 510
Alaska 450
Virgin Islands 90
Guam 50

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