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Note: the 3-year Employment Outlooks were released on December 23, 2016.
Occupation:
Pharmacists (NOC 3131-A)
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Alberta Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Alberta.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 3,800 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 70%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 26%
  • 69% of Pharmacists work all year, while 31% work only part of the year, compared to 64% and 36% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 79% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 17% compared to 18% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 36% compared to 54% for all occupations
    • Women: 64% compared to 46% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
    • Bachelor's degree: 78% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 20% compared to 7% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River regions.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River:

  • Approximately 160 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 87%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 12%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 61% compared to 72% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River regions.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Banff - Jasper - Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca - Grande Prairie - Peace River:

  • Approximately 160 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 88%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 9%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 83% compared to 66% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Calgary Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Calgary region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Calgary region:

  • Approximately 1,290 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 71%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 28%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 85% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 13% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Camrose--Drumheller Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists in the Camrose - Drumheller region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Edmonton Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Edmonton region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Edmonton region:

  • Approximately 1,600 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 72%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 23%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 19% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Lethbridge - Medicine Hat region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Lethbridge - Medicine Hat region:

  • Approximately 210 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 81%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 18%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 16% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 88% compared to 64% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 10% compared to 20% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Red Deer Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Red Deer region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Red Deer region:

  • Approximately 270 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 51%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 47%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 8% compared to 16% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 67% compared to 66% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 24% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists in the Wood Buffalo - Cold Lake region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
British Columbia Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in British Columbia.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 5,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 82%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • 73% of Pharmacists work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 60% and 40% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 20% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 41% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 59% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: less than 5% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • Bachelor's degree: 76% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 20% compared to 10% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Cariboo Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Cariboo region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Cariboo region:

  • Approximately 150 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 91%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 9%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: more than 95% compared to 65% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Kootenay Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Kootenay region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Kootenay region:

  • Approximately 120 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 95%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 11% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 72% compared to 64% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 28% compared to 25% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Lower Mainland - Southwest Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region:

  • Approximately 3,360 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 82%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 76% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 20% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Nechako Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Nechako region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
North Coast Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the North Coast region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Northeast Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Northeast region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Thompson--Okanagan Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Thompson - Okanagan region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Thompson - Okanagan region:

  • Approximately 480 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 90%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 9%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 85% compared to 64% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 13% compared to 23% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Vancouver Island and Coast Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Vancouver Island and Coast region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Occupations in the healthcare system have been growing in response to an aging population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Vancouver Island and Coast region:

  • Approximately 950 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 80%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 19%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 74% compared to 64% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 26% compared to 24% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Manitoba Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Manitoba.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Manitoba region:

  • Approximately 1,150 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 73%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 23%
  • 77% of Pharmacists work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 68% and 32% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 7% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 75% compared to 65% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 18% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 33% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 67% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
    • Bachelor's degree: 80% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 18% compared to 7% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Interlake Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Interlake region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Interlake region:

  • Approximately 120 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): more than 95%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 75% compared to 60% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
North Central Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the North Central region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
North Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the North region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Parklands Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Parklands region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
South Central Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the South Central region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Southeast Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Southeast region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Southwest Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Southwest region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Winnipeg Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Winnipeg region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Winnipeg region:

  • Approximately 700 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 62%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 38%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 81% compared to 62% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 19% compared to 24% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
New Brunswick Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in New Brunswick.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the New Brunswick region:

  • Approximately 800 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 83%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • 77% of Pharmacists work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 86% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 13% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 31% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 69% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
    • Bachelor's degree: 82% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 17% compared to 6% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Campbellton--Miramichi Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Campbellton - Miramichi region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Edmundston--Woodstock Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Edmundston - Woodstock region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Fredericton--Oromocto Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Fredericton - Oromocto region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Fredericton - Oromocto region:

  • Approximately 160 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 73%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 26%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 84% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 16% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Moncton--Richibucto Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Moncton - Richibucto region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Moncton - Richibucto region:

  • Approximately 260 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 82%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 79% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 21% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Saint John--St. Stephen Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Saint John - St. Stephen region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Saint John - St. Stephen region:

  • Approximately 140 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 75%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 25%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: more than 95% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Newfoundland and Labrador region:

  • Approximately 600 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 85%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • 77% of Pharmacists work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 26 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 7% compared to 11% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 85% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 8% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 37% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 63% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 26% compared to 30% for all occupations
    • Bachelor's degree: 62% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 6% compared to 7% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Avalon Peninsula Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Avalon Peninsula region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Avalon Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 330 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 82%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 17%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 9% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 82% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 9% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the South Coast - Burin Peninsula and Notre Dame - Central Bonavista Bay regions.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the South Coast - Burin Peninsula and Notre Dame - Central Bonavista Bay regions:

  • Approximately 90 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 85%
      • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: n/a
      • 25 to 54: 80% compared to 68% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: n/a
    (Release date:  2017-01-27)  
South Coast--Burin Peninsula Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the South Coast - Burin Peninsula and Notre Dame - Central Bonavista Bay regions.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the South Coast - Burin Peninsula and Notre Dame - Central Bonavista Bay regions:

  • Approximately 90 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 85%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 80% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
West Coast--Northern Peninsula--Labrador Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the West Coast - Northern Peninsula - Labrador region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment is expected to decline.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the West Coast - Northern Peninsula - Labrador region:

  • Approximately 150 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 85%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 71% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Northwest Territories Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Northwest Territories due to low levels of employment.

( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Yellowknife Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks have been determined at the territorial level for Northwest Territories.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Nova Scotia Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Nova Scotia.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 1,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 81%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 16%
  • 85% of Pharmacists work all year, while 15% work only part of the year, compared to 65% and 35% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 84% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 14% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 30% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 70% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
    • Bachelor's degree: 77% compared to 16% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 22% compared to 9% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Annapolis Valley Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Annapolis Valley region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Annapolis Valley region:

  • Approximately 80 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 85%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 86% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 9% compared to 21% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Cape Breton Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Cape Breton region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Cape Breton region:

  • Approximately 290 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 66%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 34%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 11% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 89% compared to 66% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 11% compared to 23% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Halifax Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Halifax region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Halifax region:

  • Approximately 730 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 45%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 32%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 7%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 6%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 18% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
North Shore Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the North Shore region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the North Shore region:

  • Approximately 240 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 59%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 26%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 15%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 88% compared to 65% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 13% compared to 22% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Southern Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Southern region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Southern region:

  • Approximately 110 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 72%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 26%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 92% compared to 66% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 8% compared to 24% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Nunavut Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Nunavut due to low levels of employment.

( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Iqaluit Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks have been determined at the territorial level for Nunavut.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Ontario Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Ontario.

Three-quarters of the province's pharmacists are employed in the retail sector, mainly working at pharmacies and drug stores. Hospitals are also key employers.

The number of pharmacists has shown steady growth in Ontario over the past few years. As the population continues to grow and age, the rising need for prescription drugs and health services are generating demand for pharmacists. The increasing incidences of chronic diseases will support medication management, further adding to the demand for this occupation. Pharmacists' duties include, under specific circumstances, providing the flu shot vaccination, prescribing smoking cessation medications, and renewing or adapting existing prescriptions. However, stiff competition and expected tightening in this segment of the retail industry may affect job prospects, especially for small independent pharmacy stores. Independents offering added care services and focussing on building relationships with their clients may generate job prospects.

Pharmacists with knowledge and experience of various computer systems including Kroll software should have an improved outlook. In addition to full-time work, part-time opportunities are also available. Job prospects will also be more favourable for individuals who are willing to work on various shifts, including evenings or weekends. The practice of pharmacy is regulated by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 15,650 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 77%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 16%
  • 73% of Pharmacists work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 66% and 34% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 22% of Pharmacists are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 21% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 45% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 55% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • High school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 7% for all occupations
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 5% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • Bachelor's degree: 62% compared to 18% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 32% compared to 11% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 1,240 people work in this occupation.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 76% compared to 66% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 20% compared to 20% for all occupations
(Release date:  2017-04-07)  
Kingston - Pembroke Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Kingston - Pembroke region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Pharmacists in this region are expected to have favourable job prospects to meet the needs of the region's fast growing population.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 690 people work in this occupation.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 75% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 22% compared to 18% for all occupations
(Release date:  2017-04-07)  
London Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the London region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Muskoka-Kawarthas Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Muskoka - Kawarthas region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Northeast Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Northeast region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Northwest Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Northwest region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Ottawa Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Ottawa region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Bilingualism in English and French may be beneficial in this region.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Ottawa region:

  • Approximately 1,800 people work in this occupation.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 22% compared to 18% for all occupations
(Release date:  2017-04-07)  
Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

Employment outlooks were not assessed for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Stratford - Bruce Peninsula region.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Toronto Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Toronto region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

The workforce comprising pharmacists is slightly above average in Toronto due to the large number of pharmacies and drug stores and hospitals.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Toronto region:

  • Approximately 8,800 people work in this occupation.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 11% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 71% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 21% compared to 18% for all occupations
(Release date:  2017-04-07)  
Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Windsor - Sarnia region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Windsor - Sarnia region:

  • Approximately 1,200 people work in this occupation.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 89% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 10% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2017-04-07)  
Prince Edward Island Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Prince Edward Island.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 200 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 74%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 25%
  • 70% of Pharmacists work all year, while 30% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 74% compared to 64% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 26% compared to 22% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 42% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 58% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: n/a
    • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
    • Bachelor's degree: 79% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 15% compared to 7% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Québec Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Quebec.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be mainly generated by employment growth and the need to replace retirees.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. A number of positions will be filled by immigrants who meet OPQ requirements. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But despite these measures, the compensation paid to institutional pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Quebec region:

  • Approximately 8,150 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 74%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 21%
  • 72% of Pharmacists work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 38 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 79% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 17% compared to 18% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 32% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 68% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • High school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 20% for all occupations
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: less than 5% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • Bachelor's degree: 67% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 30% compared to 8% for all occupations
( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Abitibi - Témiscamingue region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, but also by positions that will be vacated by retiring pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating the shortage of institutional pharmacists at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Abitibi - Témiscamingue region:

  • Approximately 150 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 87%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 13%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: n/a
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: n/a
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Bas-Saint-Laurent Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth. Other labour requirements will be generated by the retirements of pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating the shortage of institutional pharmacists to about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region:

  • Approximately 130 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 86%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 14%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 85% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 12% compared to 20% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Capitale-Nationale Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Capitale-Nationale region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, but also by positions vacated by retiring pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating the shortage of institutional pharmacists to about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Capitale-Nationale region:

  • Approximately 1,010 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 76%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 21%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 79% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 18% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Centre-du-Québec Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Centre-du-Québec region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth. Other possibilities will stem from retirements.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating the shortage of institutional pharmacists at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Centre-du-Québec region:

  • Approximately 220 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 80%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 19%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 80% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 17% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Chaudière-Appalaches Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Chaudière - Appalaches region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. There will be less possibilities stemming from retirements, as only 13% of pharmacists in the region were aged 55 and over in 2011, a lower share than in all occupations combined (19%). More than 20% of pharmacists in the region were working in the Capitale-Nationale region in 2011.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. A number of positions will be filled by immigrants who meet OPQ requirements. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But despite these measures, the compensation paid to institutional pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2014, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating the shortage of institutional pharmacists at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Chaudière - Appalaches region:

  • Approximately 480 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 82%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 14%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 7% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 80% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 12% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Côte-Nord Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Estrie Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Estrie region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. Other opportunities will be generated by the retirements of pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 270 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 75%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 25%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 86% compared to 67% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 14% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Gaspésie - Îles-de-la-Madeleine region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Lanaudière Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Lanaudière region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated mostly by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. There will be less possibilities stemming from retirements, since the proportion of pharmacists aged 55 and over was lower than that of workers in all other occupations combined in the region in 2011.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Lanaudière region:

  • Approximately 470 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 91%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 7%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: more than 95% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: less than 5% compared to 16% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Laurentides Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Laurentides region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
  • Recent graduates in educational programs leading to this occupation have found it easy to find work in a related field.

Over the next few years, employment opportunities will arise primarily from employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. Other opportunities will be created by retiring pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Laurentides region:

  • Approximately 560 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 70%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 24%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 75% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 23% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Laval Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Montreal census metropolitan area, including the Laval region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. There will be quite a few possibilities stemming from retirements, since nearly 20% of pharmacists living in Montréal were aged 55 and over in 2011, which is a slightly higher share than that of workers in all occupations combined.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But despite these measures, the compensation paid to institutional pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Montreal census metropolitan area, including the Laval region:

  • Approximately 4,020 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 69%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 24%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 19% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Mauricie Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Mauricie region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated mostly by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. Not many possibilities will stem from retirements as a very small number of pharmacists were aged 55 and over in 2011.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Mauricie region:

  • Approximately 170 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 86%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 14%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 90% compared to 68% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 7% compared to 19% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Montérégie Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Montérégie region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will arise primarily from employment growth, but also from positions vacated by retiring pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But despite these measures, the compensation paid to institutional pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Montérégie region:

  • Approximately 1,580 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 80%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 17%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 19% compared to 18% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Montréal Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Montreal census metropolitan area.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated primarily by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. There will be quite a few possibilities stemming from retirements, since nearly 20% of pharmacists living in Montréal were aged 55 and over in 2011, which is a slightly higher share than that of workers in all occupations combined.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But despite these measures, the compensation paid to institutional pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Montreal census metropolitan area:

  • Approximately 4,020 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 69%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 24%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 77% compared to 70% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 19% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Nord-du-Québec Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Outaouais Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Outaouais region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated mostly by employment growth, which will be higher than that for all occupations combined. Not many possibilities will stem from retirements, since very few pharmacists of the region were aged 55 and over in 2011, in comparison to workers in all occupations combined.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Outaouais region:

  • Approximately 270 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 66%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 31%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 93% compared to 71% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be strong.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, job opportunities will be generated by employment growth, and retiring pharmacists.

These job opportunities will go primarily to graduates of pharmacist training programs who meet the requirements of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). Since the unemployment rate in this occupation is extremely low, very few vacant positions will go to unemployed pharmacists. The placement rate for pharmacy training program graduates is excellent and there is very little employee turnover in this occupation. However, some pharmacists become university professors or go into pharmacological research or sales. Other pharmacists may end up in management positions, for example, in retail sales. However, the majority of university graduates enter the occupation shortly after graduating and remain their throughout their careers.

Employment growth in this occupation depends on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. Greater use of prescription medication and increases in the number of pharmacy graduates are expected to continue over the next few years. In addition, Bill 41, since its inception in 2015, allows pharmacists to extend or adjust a prescription, or to carry out and analyze some tests. These new additions to actions permitted to pharmacists should accentuate the growth in demand for this occupation.

For some years, health care institutions have been having difficulty staffing their pharmacist positions. The occupation is seeing a growing number of institutional pharmacists leaving for the private sector, which offers better working conditions, even though institutional pharmacist positions require additional studies (Master's degree). The new working agreement, signed in 2015 between the Quebec Government and institutional pharmacists, renewed, without any changes, the specific measures laid out in the previous agreement, including the maintenance of a 40-hour schedule and of the various pay premiums, in order to reduce treatment differences with pharmacists in the private sector. But, despite these measures, the compensation paid to these pharmacists is still lower than that of pharmacists in private practice. Moreover, in 2016, the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec (APES) was still estimating shortage of institutional pharmacists to be at about 18%.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region:

  • Approximately 280 people work in this occupation.
  • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 89%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 11%
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 20% compared to 17% for all occupations
(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Saskatchewan Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Saskatchewan.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Saskatchewan region:

  • Approximately 1,200 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 84%
      • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
    • 78% of Pharmacists work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 66% and 34% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
      • 25 to 54: 74% compared to 63% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: 21% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
      • Men: 43% compared to 53% for all occupations
      • Women: 57% compared to 47% for all occupations
    • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
      • No high school diploma: n/a
      • High school diploma or equivalent: n/a
      • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
      • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: n/a
      • Bachelor's degree: 85% compared to 14% for all occupations
      • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 10% compared to 5% for all occupations
    ( Release date:  2017-03-10 )  
Northern Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Northern region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Northern region:

  • Approximately 230 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 94%
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: 8% compared to 14% for all occupations
      • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 61% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: 14% compared to 24% for all occupations
    (Release date:  2017-03-10)  
Prince Albert Region Fair(2 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Prince Albert region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be weak.
  • A moderate number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Prince Albert region:

  • Approximately 230 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 94%
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: 8% compared to 14% for all occupations
      • 25 to 54: 78% compared to 61% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: 14% compared to 24% for all occupations
    (Release date:  2017-03-10)  
Regina--Moose Mountain Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Regina - Moose Mountain region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Regina - Moose Mountain region:

  • Approximately 350 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 71%
      • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 27%
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
      • 25 to 54: 72% compared to 65% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: 25% compared to 19% for all occupations
    (Release date:  2017-03-10)  
Saskatoon--Biggar Region Good(3 of 3 stars)

For the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Saskatoon - Biggar region.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A large number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Saskatoon - Biggar region:

  • Approximately 480 people work in this occupation.
    • Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
      • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 82%
      • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 16%
    • They fall into the following age groups:
      • 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 16% for all occupations
      • 25 to 54: 69% compared to 65% for all occupations
      • 55 years and over: 27% compared to 19% for all occupations
    (Release date:  2017-03-10)  
Swift Current--Moose Jaw Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Swift Current - Moose Jaw region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Yorkton--Melville Region Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in the Yorkton - Melville region due to low levels of employment.

(Release date:  2016-12-23)  
Yukon Undetermined(Undetermined)

No employment outlook has been assigned to Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Yukon due to low levels of employment.

( Release date:  2016-12-23 )  
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