The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 17-percent employment growth for pharmacists from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in past years due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also growing, as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug therapy decision-making for patients of all ages. There is good potential for advancement and competitive salaries within a pharmacy career. Those pharmacists who pursue additional graduate study and/or residency experience have greater mobility within the profession including areas of research, administration and business. A shortfall of as many as 157,000 pharmacists is predicted by 2020 according to the findings of a conference sponsored by the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc. Complete findings are detailed in the final report, "Professionally Determined Need for Pharmacy Services in 2020." AACP says, the practice of pharmacy is a vital part of a complete healthcare system. The number of people requiring healthcare services has steadily increased, and this trend will likely continue. Due to many of society's changing social and health issues, men and women in pharmacy will face new challenges, expanded responsibilities and an ever-increasing growth in opportunities. Some of these healthcare issues include:
  • Increases in average life span and the increased incidence of chronic diseases;
  • The increased complexity, number, and sophistication of medications and related products and devices;
  • The increased emphasis on primary and preventive health services, home healthcare, and long-term care; and
  • Concerns about improving patients' access to healthcare, controlling its cost and assuring its quality.
Because of the large role that medications and their proper use play throughout these issues, pharmacists will have an important role in the future of healthcare. Education requirements: Pharmacists need a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. Pharm.D. programs typically take four years to finish. Applicantsto a Pharm.D. program need two or three years of prior university coursework. This requirement typically includes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. Pharmacy is a field that has stability and you can go anywhere in the U.S. and find a job. And when you decide to retire, it is a profession where if you still want to work part time, you can.  Or, some pharmacies offer travel assignments.  These assignments allow pharmacists to travel around the country while still earning a living.

For information about current job opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, contact: AHS PharmStat Leading Healthcare Staffing Agency 877-309-3546