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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 343382 11.48 719
United States 312,500329,900 5.67,400 6,20015,340

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 58.5242.0353.04 59.7068.6176.64
Alaska 66.3653.2162.69 69.4275.7679.71
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 66.2354.2463.34 69.2875.4879.30
Fairbanks North Star Borough 64.6451.2360.37 68.7474.9378.64
Southeast Region 68.1153.1464.82 70.8976.7280.47
Balance of State 67.5852.7260.79 69.9777.6987.23

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