Job prospects Pharmacist in Ontario

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 Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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 Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many 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
  • Hospitals

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
  • 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

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 Ontario:

  • Approximately 15,400 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%
  • 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.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 42% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 57% 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 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: less than 5% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 66% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 31% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.


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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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