Pharmacists (29-1051)

Occupation description:  Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 395440 11.45 1014
United States 297,100306,200 3.1910 6,9307,840

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 57.3441.7351.83 58.4166.6674.06
Alaska 66.7854.6462.10 67.9873.9480.04
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 64.9952.4460.17 66.3973.0178.97
Fairbanks North Star Borough 66.3459.6463.23 67.7772.3075.57
Southeast Region 75.9561.6266.01 72.3181.29*
Balance of State 68.6160.4465.38 70.7176.5182.51

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
42683 19.542.8 30.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation34
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation22
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 20
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.0

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Doctoral or professional degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None