Currently there are numerous relief and temporary jobs available for pharmacists to work part time and earn some extra money. Everyone’s focused on the COVID-19 pandemic (and not without good reason!), but part time jobs and relief pharmacist positions have been getting harder to fill before the coronavirus was ever even a household word. The number of pharmacists who are willing to give up their spare/free time to generate some additional income by working part time jobs by filling in at pharmacies has been steadily decreasing for years now.
The AACP Survey Basically Sums Everything Up –
Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, trends appeared that surprised the staffing “experts” regarding pharmacists working secondary and part time jobs for extra income. In particular was the fact that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job. A quarter of a century ago in the in the mid-1990’s, this number was estimated to be well over 15%. Only three or four years ago a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that approximately 13% of registered pharmacists worked a second job in the United States. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist in a second job was only estimated to be an additional six hours per week. This shows a significant decrease from the estimated ten – twelve hours a week that pharmacists commonly worked extra back in the 1990’s. The study noted that “a significant decrease regarding the number of pharmacists willing to work part-time positions was seen every year since 2009”.
Female pharmacists showed the larger decrease:
– Women decreased from around 30% down to less than 19% between 2009 and 2014 in regards to part time employment.
– Men decreased from around 18% down to 14% between 2009 -and 2014 working part time jobs.
Why the Decrease in Pharmacists Willing to Work Part Time Jobs?
Is the reason for the significant decrease in pharmacists working second jobs and part-time jobs due to a decline in the number of part time jobs available or simply that less pharmacists don’t want to do it (or need to do it)? We may never know. Yet let’s look at some contributing factors that we do know:
1. It may be important to note here that the “gender gap” regarding pharmacists working part time jobs may be shrinking due to the fact that the number of female pharmacists has significantly increased over the past several decades. Women pharmacists now actually outnumber their male counterparts on a national level (comprising for over 57% of the pharmacy workforce in the US). According to US News female pharmacists average higher student-loan debts than men upon graduation ($43,258 for female pharmacists versus $31,553 for male pharmacists). So although owing more than their male counterparts, female pharmacists are rapidly decreasing working second and part-time jobs. Which leads us to the increase in pharmacy salaries.
2. In the 1990’s the average salary for a pharmacist was about $50,000. Comparing that number to the average pharmacist’s salary of between $112,000 – $119,000 in 2016 and one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the decrease seen regarding pharmacists working second jobs and part time extra jobs is due to the lack of need for additional income. Even if we factor in the effect of inflation and the increased cost of living nationally, it is easy to see that the significant salary increases in pharmacy pay are a major contributor to less pharmacists needing to work second jobs.
3. Even if there was no significant fluctuation in the number of second jobs and part time positions available for pharmacists to work, there are definitely more pharmacists than ever before to fill the positions. Just looking at the number of pharmacy graduates annually may solve the “mystery” in why fewer pharmacists are working extra jobs: 8,108 pharmacy graduates in 2004 and 13,838 in 2014. Also consider that many pharmacists who may have retired at the “traditional” ages of 60 – 65 now continue to work until well within their 70’s.
4. Lastly is the fact that most of the available secondary jobs and part-time positions are found in the retail pharmacy settings such as chain stores and supermarkets. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, the trend towards hospital jobs and specialty settings may be making working in a retail position as a secondary job a less lucrative or less appealing scenario for many seeking extra income. The reverse can also be pointed out: perhaps most retail pharmacists lack the skill sets required to work a second job in a hospital or specialty pharmacy setting?
What Should You Do As a Pharmacist Wanting Part Time Work?
The solution for a pharmacist to increase his/her income is obviously to work part time as a relief RPh. At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have several part time Pharmacy jobs available right now. HCC Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to being a Pharmacy Staffing Agency & Firm, plus we’re known for being one of the finest “full service” pharmacy staffing companies in the US since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms for well over 31+ years now.
If you are a pharmacist looking for part time opportunities to earn more cash, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, feel free to contact us here at HCC by calling us now and taking a few minutes to introduce yourself and meet us. No matter the setting a pharmacist is looking to work in, HCC is known for our history of matching the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of setting and situation. Owned and operated by pharmacists for over 31+ years now, HCC Pharmacy Staffing is also recognized as a national leader in the pharmacist recruitment, pharmacy placement, and direct hire areas too.
HCC has helped numerous pharmacists throughout the country find positions in the following ways:
– Temporary positions and part-time work –
Are you a pharmacist looking to make some additional income? Do you have extra time that you would like to commit to earning more money?
– Temporary to permanent placement –
Are you a pharmacist that wants to try a new job but doesn’t want to commit to a permanent position? Perhaps you want to experience a new work environment or a new geographical locale, but want to try it out first?
– Permanent placement –
Are you currently looking for a full-time permanent position?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then HCC offers a solution for you! With temporary staffing and placement opportunities in many states, HCC offers a diverse range of pharmacy positions to consider and options to choose from. These include available pharmacy jobs in compounding, institutional, mail-order, nursing home, as well as other specialty practices. Of course we have numerous positions to choose from in hospital pharmacy and retail pharmacy too!
If you are a pharmacist and would like to apply online, please take a moment now and fill out our online application, or call us now at 1-800-642-1652.