Job prospects Pharmacist in Ontario
Job opportunities for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a pharmacist.
Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be good for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of 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.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Pharmacies and drug stores
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Greater need for medication management and overall health care services to support the growing and aging population in Ontario.
- Need for pharmacists to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and conduct testing.
- Increased number of community pharmacies and expanded services to improve access to care.
- Investments in health care facilities and hospitals.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists is required to practise.
- Completion of an Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program is an asset.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- Ability to work evenings and weekends to meet client needs may be required.
Here are some key facts about Pharmacists in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 15,950 people work in this occupation.
- Pharmacists mainly work in the following sectors:
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 78%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 14%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 82% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 18% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 67% of pharmacists work all year, while 33% 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 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 17% of pharmacists are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Good Good|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Good Good|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Good Good|
|Northwest Region||Good Good|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that there will be a labour SURPLUS for Pharmacists (NOC 3131) in Canada over the next 10 years.
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