Job prospects Pharmacist in Alberta
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "pharmacist" was moved from the group Pharmacists (NOC 3131) to the group Pharmacists (NOC 31120).
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "pharmacist" in Alberta or Canada.
Job opportunities in Alberta
Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.
The employment outlook will be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Alberta for the 2022-2024 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in Alberta:
- Approximately 5,450 people work in this occupation.
- Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 73%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 22%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 77% compared to 81% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 23% compared to 19% for all occupations
- 67% of pharmacists work all year, while 33% 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 34 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
- 8% of pharmacists are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: 37% compared to 54% for all occupations
- Women: 63% 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: less than 5% compared to 28% 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 24% for all occupations
- bachelor's degree: 80% compared to 18% for all occupations
- university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 18% compared to 8% for all occupations
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Alberta by economic region.
|Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region|
|Banff–Jasper–Rocky Mountain House Region|
|Lethbridge–Medicine Hat Region|
|Red Deer Region|
|Wood Buffalo–Cold Lake Region|
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