Pharmacists

Pharmacists

NOC
3131

Prepare and dispense prescribed medications and advise patients how to use them. They also answer questions regarding the use of non-prescribed medications.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

61
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$94,898
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

792
 

% Working Full Time

88%
 

% Working Full Year

83%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists compound and dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultative services to both clients and health care providers. They are employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, or they may be self-employed. Industrial pharmacists participate in the research, development, promotion and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. They are employed in pharmaceutical companies and government departments and agencies.

Main Duties

Pharmacists perform some or all of the following duties:
Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists

  • Check prescriptions for proper dosage
  • Compound prescribed pharmaceutical products by calculating, measuring and mixing the quantities of drugs and other ingredients required and filling appropriate containers with correct quantity
  • Dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals to customers or to other health care professionals and advise them on indications, contra-indications, adverse effects, drug interactions and dosage
  • Maintain medication profiles of customers including registry of poisons and narcotic and controlled drugs
  • Ensure proper preparation, packaging, distribution and storage of vaccines, serums, biologicals and other drugs and pharmaceuticals
  • Order and maintain stock of pharmaceutical supplies
  • Advise customers on selection and use of non-prescription medication
  • Renew existing prescriptions in limited circumstances
  • May adapt the formulation, regimen, duration or route of administration of medication
  • May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and other staff.

Industrial pharmacists

  • Participate in research for the development of new drugs
  • Formulate new drug products developed by medical researchers
  • Test new drug products for stability and to determine absorption and elimination patterns
  • Co-ordinate clinical investigations of new drugs
  • Control the quality of drug products during production to ensure that they meet standards of potency, purity, uniformity, stability and safety
  • Develop information materials concerning the uses, properties and risks of particular drugs
  • Evaluate labelling, packaging and advertising of drug products
  • Promote pharmaceutical products to health professionals.

Also Known As

  • clinical pharmacist
  • community pharmacist
  • hospital pharmacist
  • industrial pharmacist
  • pharmacist
  • retail pharmacist
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in pharmacy and a period of supervised practical training are required.
  • Licensure is required in all provinces and territories for community and hospital pharmacists.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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63.8%
Female
36.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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1.8%
15-24
27.0%
25-34
30.1%
35-44
24.5%
45-54
14.1%
55-64
2.5%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
0.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
0.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
100.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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84.6%
Retail trade
14.2%
Health care and social assistance
1.2%
Other services (except public administration)
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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17.10%
Northeast
28.00%
Southeast
26.80%
Southwest
21.30%
Central
6.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$106,483
Northeast
$93,056
Southeast
$95,743
Southwest
$92,557
Central
$117,038
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$94,898

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$98,940

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$94,898

Newfoundland

$89,666

Prince Edward Island

$96,420

Nova Scotia

$85,331

Canada

$92,449
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

61
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

53
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

197
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

13
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

184