Job prospects Pharmacist in New Brunswick

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 New Brunswick or Canada.

Job opportunities in New Brunswick

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in New Brunswick 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.

As the population continues to age, the growing need for prescription drugs and health services will support the demand for this occupation. An increase in the number of pharmacies at retail chains, combined with added services to improve access to care, may add to employment opportunities.

Furthermore, resource pressures across the health delivery network have resulted in an expanded role for pharmacists in service delivery, enabling them to provide a broader range of services. Pharmacists may prescribe medicines; give flu shots and other vaccines; assess, treat and prescribe for certain minor ailments and review medications and provide health checks. On the other hand, with the advent of the regulated Pharmacy Technician, it is possible that some employers may choose to reduce pharmacist hours in favor of the latter, as these professionals are less costly to employ.

Shift work in this field is common. More opportunities will be available to those who speak French, as there are more vacancies in the province’s francophone communities. As part of their annual licensing requirements, pharmacists must take a certain amount of continuing education in order keep up to date on industry and product information.

Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in New Brunswick:

  • Approximately 800 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%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 88% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 12% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 80% of pharmacists work all year, while 20% 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 30 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • 16% of pharmacists are self-employed compared to an average of 8% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 36% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 64% 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 30% 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 27% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 81% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 15% compared to 6% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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