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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  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.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 57.8241.8852.60 58.7766.7975.94
Alaska 66.1852.1561.68 68.6275.2079.42
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 64.3651.6759.66 67.1573.9878.13
Fairbanks North Star Borough 62.6549.7057.68 66.9773.3877.22
Southeast Region 76.5455.5465.77 73.8984.64*
Balance of State 69.7262.4666.79 72.0377.2681.20

* 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

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
37173 19.739.4 29.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation72
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation57
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 23
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.6

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