Pharmacy Staffing, Recruitment and Placement Services

Pharmacy Staffing ServicesHealthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is recognized as a national leader in regards to pharmacy staffing, recruitment and placement services, plus has been known as a “full service” pharmacy staffing company since 1989 now. With more than 30+ years in the pharmacy staffing, recruitment and placement business, HCC is acknowledged throughout the USA for our ability to always correctly match the best possible potential candidates to the right job or employment opportunity, plus suit the exact needs of the potential employer! We are able to accomplish this by utilizing our own proprietary candidate database system that we’ve developed internally over the past three decades, and that no other company has access to or can match. This system, plus our experienced in-house staff of experts, allows us to match a pharmacist’s skill sets, experience and other considerations (such as geography and lifestyle) with whatever criteria the employer and job description may require.

Pharmacist Recruitment, Placement and Staffing Services

With all the various pharmacy consulting services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the nation’s most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms. HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing deals with all aspects of matching pharmacists to jobs and open positions in every type of possible situation. This includes filling short term pharmacy positions and temporary jobs, as well as permanent and long term placements. We also can help with temp-to-permanent situations.

Pharmacist Recruitment and Placement

A national leader in pharmacy staffing since 1989, HCC is able to bring an employer the correct pharmacy candidates who are fully qualified for placement in permanent, full-time, direct-hire, or contract positions. In this manner we act as the “liaison” between the employer and the qualified professionals to fill a pharmacy position with the best possible match. Our recruitment experts take the time to build a relationship with you and learn about your business. This helps us to locate the best possible candidates for your company – now and in the future – plus gives you immediate access to a far broader and more talented pool of candidates than you would be able to reach on your own. Our 30+ years of pharmacy recruitment and placement experience ensures that the right pharmacist is a perfect fit regarding geographical considerations, skill sets and, of course, company culture.
Of course HCC is also able to find you the perfect PDM (Prescription Department Manager) &/or PIC (Pharmacist in Charge) should the need arise. During this critical selection of a PDM or PIC, HCC provides you with immediate access to a far broader and more talented pool of candidates than you would be able to reach on your own. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

Temp & Relief Pharmacy Staffing Services

Once again, with over thirty years of experience, HCC is nationally renowned for being a “full service” pharmacy staffing company since 1989. Many times a pharmacy owner or manager is in immediate need of a temporary pharmacist to fill in coverage and shifts at their business or operation. This sometimes may be a planned absence of an employee, such as time off for a vacation or a wedding as examples. Yet more often than not, it is more of an “emergency” situation, such as an unexpected illness, leave of absence, or perhaps simply an employee quitting unexpectedly and without any warning.

HCC specializes in providing relief pharmacists in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Whatever your requirements and needs may be pertaining to getting pharmacist relief, our automated matching and scheduling services allow us to quickly recruit, screen and locate the perfect pharmacist with the perfect capabilities to meet your every need – guaranteed.

Emergency Pharmacist Staffing

Every pharmacy owner has faced an emergency situation where the only solutions were to either find an emergency pharmacist to quickly fill their need or to shut their pharmacy’s doors. Emergencies such as an illness, death of a loved one, accidents or severe weather preventing an employee’s return happen much more frequently than most think or expect. In such situations, finding an emergency relief pharmacist who is licensed, experienced and professional becomes a task that can seem impossible to accomplish.

Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We maintain one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable personnel in or around your local area. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, here at HCC your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Specialty Pharmacist Staffing

Whatever special needs a pharmacy may be searching for, HCC can help. Our pharmacy staffing services cover all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer solutions for almost every type of pharmacist you may require:
– Compounding pharmacy (both sterile and non-sterile)
– Nursing Home & Long Term Care pharmacy
– Institutional (prisons and jails) pharmacy
– Hospice pharmacy
– Mail-order pharmacy
– Home health pharmacy
– Respiratory pharmacy
– IV pharmacy
– Nuclear pharmacy
– Home infusion pharmacy

Pharmacy Technician Staffing

At HCC we also place licensed and certified, highly trained Pharmacy Technicians throughout the State of Florida. Our large technician database allows us to place the right experienced and trained pharmacy technician to suit your needs throughout the entire state of Florida, including the Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville areas. Our Pharmacy Technician Staffing Department offers you trained professionals with the premium skills and experience needed to help you best serve your patients and customers.

As required in the State of Florida, all of our pharmacy technicians are registered with the Florida Board of Pharmacy and have completed a Florida Pharmacy Board Approved Pharmacy Technician training program. Our experienced in-house pharmacy consultants have placed thousands of pharmacy technicians throughout Florida and are able to find you the right technician based on your pharmacy’s individual needs and the skill-sets required.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent staffing help, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy area. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

Keep in mind that while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over 30+ years now, HCC can help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a national leader as a Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:
– Equipment needs assessment
– Policy & Procedure Manual review, recommendations and customization
– Medicaid/3rd party review
– Moving a pharmacy to a new location
– Out of state licensing
– Exit strategies
– Audit, surveys & mock inspections
– Expanding, redesigning and overhauling your pharmacy
– Compliance review for compounding pharmacies (USP 795 & 797)

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.



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Pharmacist Jobs for Extra Money

Part Time Temporary Pharmacist JobsHere at HCC we’re hoping that everyone had a great year and that 2019 will be even better! Now’s the time that many pharmacists are setting goals for the new year, and increasing their income is one goal that many obviously have on their list. Perhaps picking up some steady part time work or occasionally filling in as a relief pharmacist is on your New Year’s resolution list this year? If so, then Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is the pharmacy staffing agency that can help you to meet your 2019 goals!

How Pharmacists Can Earn Extra Money

While once reading an interesting post to pharmacists who want to make extra money and additional income titled “3 Ways to Pick Up Extra Cash in Addition to Your Pharmacy Career” , Tony Guerra, PharmD makes some very valid points. As an adjunct to practicing pharmacy, he mentions the following opportunities or paths that some R. Ph’s have followed to increase their annual incomes:
– Tutoring
– Authoring and writing
– Salesperson and selling

However, there are some obvious problems seen in actually pursuing these paths as viable sources for generating additional income:
– Time:
It takes a lot of time to become a tutor, author or salesperson. It took each of us 5+ years to become a registered pharmacist. Adding the education that’s required for another profession is a time consuming undertaking. Who really wants to go back to studying and when does anyone really have the time that’s required?
– ROI:
Return on your investment of time may be worth the effort….. but it may not. Using “Author” as an example, the time invested (not to mention the money involved to get published) may be wasted if no one buys your books! Obviously if a person is interested in learning about a subject then it’s a viable endeavor, but not one that guarantees additional income if that is your goal.
– Passion:
Almost every pharmacist that I’ve ever met is extremely passionate about their profession. Although many tutors, authors and salespeople are passionate about what they do, the question to ask yourself is: “Would I be passionate about doing this?”. If the answer is maybe or no, then perhaps there are ways to make more money that allow you do what you’re already good at and enjoy doing: practicing the Profession of Pharmacy.

The Solution for Pharmacists to Increase Their Income 

The simplest answer is often times the correct choice according to an old rule that many of us learned in college called Occam’s Razor (Who would of thought that we would ever quote this rule or use any calculus?). Work part time! At your convenience you can make additional income right now with little or no additional time, training or risk involved. Perhaps many pharmacists are not even aware of the current need for temporary relief and emergency pharmacists. In fact, let’s take a look at the number of jobs for pharmacists in the United States available right now. A quick search on LinkedIn just now listed the following numbers as results on a national basis:
– Total jobs available: 26,319
*Interestingly over four thousand brand new positions were listed in just the past four week time period (4,166).
– Part-time jobs available: 2,880 (almost three thousand part time positions need to be filled).
– Contract jobs available: 455
– Temporary jobs available: 259
– Other: 274
Adding up just the part-time and temporary jobs may help an R. Ph. realize exactly how great the demand may actually be for Rx relief help nationwide. With a staggering 3,139 pharmacies looking, how does a pharmacist find the best fit for them to make extra money in 2019 (both skill-wise and geographically)? Again, the simple answer is the obvious answer as Occam realized: Simply talk to the nation’s best pharmacy staffing firm!

The Nation’s Leading Pharmacy Staffing Agency

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it it sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the nation’s most successful and respected staffing and placement firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement have been our primary business for over 29 years now. HCC deals with all aspects of matching a pharmacist to the right job in every type of situation. This includes filling short term pharmacy positions and temporary jobs, as well as direct hire,  permanent and long term placements. We also can help with temp-to-perm situations.

Whatever setting a pharmacist is looking to work in and whatever special needs a pharmacy may be searching for, HCC can help. Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer solutions for almost every type of pharmacy job you may be looking for:

– Compounding pharmacy and pharmacist
– Specialty pharmacy and pharmacist
– Nursing Home & Long Term Care pharmacy and pharmacist
– Institutional (prisons and jails) pharmacy and pharmacist
– Hospice pharmacy and pharmacist
– Mail-order pharmacy and pharmacist
– Home health pharmacy and pharmacist
– Respiratory pharmacy and pharmacist
– IV pharmacy and pharmacist
– Nuclear pharmacy and pharmacist
– Home infusion pharmacy and pharmacist

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, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started. Making additional in 2019 starts by calling HCC today!

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Employee Turnover

Employee TurnoverReducing employee turnover is one area that all successful businesses focus on. This is especially true if you own and manage a pharmacy operation. The goal is obviously to attract great employees, but how does a business owner retain them and decrease employee turnover? Losing an employee can hamper a pharmacy business – not only in regards to the costs of replacing and training the new employee – but in the knowledge, history and relationships that are lost when an individual chooses to leave and change jobs.

What Is the Actual Cost of Employee Turnover?

Numerous studies have been performed in the past to help identify what losing an employee actually costs a business. Getting to an accurate assessment of the costs is a complicated process, involving various factors that may not accurately depict the “true” economic impact that losing a valued employee can cost a pharmacy owner. Additionally, many of the factors that one needs to take into account to determine the cost are subjective and sometimes cannot be accurately measured. What makes it so hard are the numerous intangible (and often undocumented) costs associated with replacing a good employee. Yet a frequently quoted study released by the Center for American Progress determined that employee turnover costs can be estimated to be at a minimum 100% of the employee’s base salary. In the profession of pharmacy, depending on the individual’s salary and responsibilities, the study concluded that it can actually be as high as 300% in certain situations. The study also noted that for replacing “highly educated” employees such as a pharmacist, using the median of 200% is a pretty safe “bet”.

The study also took a good look at what costs a business owner needs to take into account and consider when faced with a high employee turnover rate. These include (but are not limited to):
1. The cost of advertising and attracting good possible workers to replace the individual (attracting candidates, interviewing them and hiring all take time).
2. The costs of on-boarding a new employee (not only the training time, but also the “hidden” management and human resources time that are required when someone new is hired).
3. The costs of off-boarding the employee leaving (again, the “hidden” management and human resources time required to take care of things like payroll, ongoing benefits such as Cobra insurance plans and record keeping).
4. Lost productivity (a new employee may take a year or more to reach the productivity of an existing worker).
5. The “Domino Effect” of losing other employees (this may be the hardest off all to determine, keeping in mind that whenever an employee leaves, others are often times affected. Most times the other employees who see a high turnover rate in a company tend to disengage and the result is a  business wide decrease in productivity).

Employee Retention Versus Employee Turnover

From the studies of what losing a valued employee actually costs a pharmacy owner, perhaps employee retention is a better way to solve the problem. Turnover is a “reactive” situation – the employee needs to be replaced as quickly as possible with the best candidate available. Retention is an “active” situation – it’s an ongoing and never ending process. Perhaps every business owner should focus on a “retention strategy” to ensure that all of the key people are satisfied and happy. After all, happy employees not only remain loyal to a business, but are more productive and have a positive impact on a pharmacy’s bottom line and profitability.

Tips for Employee Retention for Pharmacy Owners

Here are some tips and things that every business owner needs to consider to improve employee retention and decrease turnover:
– Determine first off exactly what your employee retention and turnover rates actually are. How can you fix a problem that may not even exist – “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. This also means that a business owner should always conduct an exit interview when a worker leaves, to help determine exactly why the person left and evaluate and document the retention problems that the company is currently facing and the possible solutions.
– Offer a health benefits program, like a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA), sometimes referred to as a Small Business HRA. Studies showed that, although wages are obviously an important factor, health benefits are becoming perhaps one of the most common reasons that employees leave a job to go to work at another company.
– Communicate with your employees. One of the biggest concerns that employees have is that they are treated as a “cost of doing business and not as an asset” by the owners and management. Many owners simply assume that everyone working at the pharmacy is happy. Initiate open communication by making the company’s vision and mission clear. Discuss the company’s goals and expectations so that each individual is clear. Also, consider regularly surveying all of your employees, but you must be willing to listen to open and constructive criticism and feedback.
– Empower your employees to make decisions on their own. This means that at times they may not make the right decision, but empowering employees allows them to feel management’s confidence in them and discourages the feeling of being micro-managed. This obviously assumes that you have a written job description for every employee that clearly lays out their duties, roles, responsibilities and tasks. Yet a great job description doesn’t limit the employee from being flexible, empowered and able to add to the business’s profitability.
– Recognize and reward their good work. Money as a bonus is always appreciated, but recognition of doing their job well actually means a lot more. Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that the number one reason that workers actively look for another job is that they feel unappreciated and undervalued. Just be sure that the praise is specific and that it is sincere. Additionally, keep in mind that you may have some employees that prefer to be recognized privately. Some people (such as technical or IT personnel) tend to dislike recognition in a public manner.

About HCC Pharmacy Staffing & Consulting

With over 29 years of pharmacy staffing and pharmacy consulting experience, HCC has helped hundreds of pharmacies with employees turnover and retention problems. As one of the nation’s premiere pharmacy recruitment and placement agencies, HCC can help you find you the best candidates available to fill your job openings. HCC has been a national leader since 1989 in regards to staffing, recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

Contact us on line or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a Free Consultation to find out how we can help you too.



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Pharmacy Specialization

Specialization in the profession of pharmacy has perhaps become the primary area of focus for all pharmacies. Whether you represent a major hospital or healthcare system, or you simply own or manage a small independent retail community pharmacy, specialization may be the key to both the success and profitability of your business operation.

The Age of Specialization

Specialty Pharmacy Consultation and SpecializationEveryone has heard that this is the “Age of Specialization”, but exactly when did it start and what does it really mean? Basically, specialization occurs when a task is broken down into separate sub-tasks that require different skill sets. A great case was made by the author Jeremie Averous in his book The Fourth Revolution that humans started to become specialized all the way back to the beginning of civilization. The task of finding food became divided into three categories: hunting, gathering and cultivating. Each method of survival required a “specialist”, and thus the “Age of Specialization” was born!

A great example of the growth of specialization can be seen in the world of technology. A good friend started a technology company back in the early 1990’s and initially had one IT employee on staff. Now he employees nine different IT specialists:
– Network administrator
– Software developer
– Network engineer
– VM specialist
– Database administrator
– Web programmer
– Web designer
– Tech support
– Hardware specialist

Pharmacy and Specialization

Many sociologists make the case that the pharmacy profession may be one of the best models to use as an example regarding specialization development in a profession. The first “branch in the road” for pharmacy was the establishment of the hospital pharmacy as a separate role from the traditional apothecary or druggist. Although there is no documentation when this actually occurred, it is well documented that in the colonial United States the first hospital pharmacist was Jonathan Roberts. When the first hospital was opened in Colonial America, the Pennsylvania Hospital hired Roberts and appointed him as the hospital’s in-house “apothecary”. Although there were several other pioneers in hospital pharmacy in the US (Charles Rice in 1841 and Martin Wilbert in 1865 are notable examples), numerous factors kept hospital pharmacies and their reduced numbers at the periphery of the pharmacy profession. In these modern times, every hospital has a pharmacy, with some having an additional outpatient pharmacy.

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the development of the practice of hospital pharmacy in the United States didn’t actually begin to emerge as a specialty until the early 1920’s. An interesting historical footnote for this emergence is the fact that Prohibition may have actually been the primary reason. At that time, alcohol was commonly prescribed by physicians as part of a patient’s treatment, and a pharmacist was now necessary in the hospital for both the compounding of numerous preparations and inventory control.

Hyperspecialization in Pharmacy

Now in 2011 an article in the Harvard Business Review indicates that perhaps a profession like pharmacy is evolving one step further. According to the article, the “division of labor” seen in pharmacy is now transforming pharmacists into what they termed “Hyperspecialization”. As the profession and practice rapidly transforms, more and more specialties are emerging that require practitioners to have unique and specialized skill sets. Even an individual’s personality type was sometimes noted as a requirement to fulfill specialized roles in certain situations and settings.

Specialty Pharmacies and Hyperspecialization

Everyone is aware of the explosive growth of specialty pharmacies that’s taken place in the United States over the past two decades. Along with the traditional retail and hospital positions that a pharmacist could choose to practice in, other specialized roles emerged: nuclear pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, mail-order pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy, consulting pharmacy, to name just a few.

Next came the emergence of specialty pharmacies geared for specific “functionality”. The industry quickly filled a void that existed for individualized medication therapies by the creation of specific types of specialty pharmacies:
– Compounding
– Sterile compounding
– Enteral and parenteral nutrition (TPN)
– Dermatalogicals
– Veterinary medications
– IV and infusion
– Pediatric medications

The next step in the evolution of this hyperspecialization was the definition of what a specialty pharmacy actually is. Several pharmaceutical societies and organizations came up with their own definitions:
– The American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
– The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
– Specialty Pharmacy Association of America (SPAARx)
– The Association of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
Although each definition varied, there was one basic premise that all agreed on: that a specialty pharmacy dispenses medications for specific chronic and/or life-threatening disease state.
Specialty pharmacies are now seen for almost every disease state:
– Cystic fibrosis
– Diabetes
– Oncology and cancer
– Pain management
– Crohn’s disease
– Multiple sclerosis
– Hemophilia
– Growth hormone deficiency
– Hepatitis C
– Immune disorders
– Infertility
Even patient’s with conditions such as erectile dysfunction and certain psychiatric disorders are serviced today by specialty pharmacies.

About HealthCare Consultants

From major hospitals and healthcare systems to individual community retail and specialty pharmacies, HCC has been the nationally renowned pharmacy consulting firm of choice for over 28 years now. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

HealthCare Consultants is additionally the leader in pharmacy startups! No other firm has opened and started up as many pharmacies throughout the nation as HCC. Plus, these new pharmacies run efficiently and profitably. Our in-house consulting experts can make sure that you do it right… every step of the way!

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.

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Pharmacist Salaries

pharmacist salariesPharmacist salaries are always an important consideration when an R.Ph. is considering a job change. Although everyone agrees that it should not be the only consideration, salary is obviously a primary topic of discussion when it comes to the subjects of permanent placement or direct hire with both our clients and pharmacist candidates. It is a commonly known fact that pharmacy is one of the premiere professions in the nation in regards to the starting salary for graduates with degrees. According to the statistics provided in 2014 by the US Department of Labor there are approximately 300,000 pharmacist jobs in the United States with an annual median pay of $121,500. With a projected 10 year growth rate of roughly 3%, the pharmacy profession will continue to see a steady increase in regards to salaries. However, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing being a national leader in permanent placement, pharmacist recruitment and direct hire in all 50 states, we feel that it is important to note that a decision based solely on annual salary can be very misleading when candidates for pharmacist positions are evaluating their options and opportunities. Along with median pharmacist salaries, evaluation of job opportunities should also include various other considerations such as the regional cost of living, state licensure requirements, pharmacist demand, plus geography and location, to name just a few. Since HCC is headquartered in Central Florida, many of our pharmacists have stated that they would accept a reduction in salary as compared to their counterparts located in the Northeast or Midwestern states -where winter storms and extremely cold weather both present a challenge to their lifestyles.

Why Pharmacists Change Jobs

Interestingly enough, a lower salary and compensation are NOT the primary  reason that a pharmacist will switch employers. There is an old saying “that people don’t change jobs, they change bosses”, but even that doesn’t seem true any more these days. According to a research study on LinkedIn in 2015, here are the five (5) top reasons that employees change jobs and switch companies:
1. Lack of opportunities for advancement at current position (45%)
2. Dissatisfaction with leadership and/or upper management (41%)
3. Unsatisfied with the work culture and environment (36%)
4. Dissatisfied with the salary and compensation (34%)
5. Unsatisfied with the rewards and/or recognition of the employee’s contributions
The staggering conclusion is that only approximately one-third (34%) switched because of money and pay!

Pharmacist Salaries By City and State

Even though most will agree without the LinkedIn study referenced above,  salary alone is not perhaps the only consideration, yet it does help put things in perspective to take a look at pharmacist salary trends across the USA. As rated by Value Penguin (perhaps the national leader in economic data and industry trend evaluations), here are the best paying cities in the nation based on annual median salary for pharmacists (Value Penguin analyzed median salaries in 396 cities based on the data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014):
1. Santa Cruz, California – $165,000
2. Gadsden, Alabama
3. Fresno, California
4. Chico, California
5. Oxford, Alabama
6. Santa Barbara, California
7. Modesto, California
8. Brownsville, Texas
9. Dalton, Georgia
10. San Jose, California
11. Lake Havasu City, Arizona
12. Redding, California
13. Odessa, Texas
14. San Francisco, California
15. Oakland, California
16. Bakersfield, California
17. Corcoran, California
18. Yuba City, California
19. Merced, California
20. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
21. Petaluma, California
22. Napa, California
23. El Centro, California
24. Laredo, Texas
25. Longview, Texas – $135,000

Again, as rated by Value Penguin, here are the lowest paying cities in the USA based on annual median salary for pharmacists:
1. Hot Springs, Arkansas – $105,500
2. Lafayette, Indiana
3. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4. Millville, New Jersey
5. Dubuque, Iowa
6. Little Rock, Arkansas
7. Sarasota, Florida
8. Ann Arbor, Michigan
9. Warner Robins, Georgia
10. Ames, Iowa
11. Iowa City, Iowa
12. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13. Colombus, Indiana
14. Cdar Falls, Iowa
15. Gaunesville, Florida
16. Lima, Ohio
17. Misooula, Montana
18. Savannah, Georgia
19. Erie, Pennsylvania
20. Lincoln, Nebraska
21. Omaha, Nebraska
22. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
23. Des Moines, Iowa
24. San Jaun, Puerto Rico
25. San Sebastian, Puerto Rico – $46,500

There are obviously some interesting results that can be seen from the lists:
– Of the top 25 cities by annual salary for pharmacists, 17 are located in California. Perhaps the lack of license reciprocation by California plus the requirement of a PharmD degree in the state are leading to this increased salary.
– Georgia made both the highest and the lowest city lists.
– The only state in the north that made the list of top 25 cities by salary for pharmacists was New Hampshire. Otherwise the entire list was dominated by the sunbelt and southern states.

How Does a Pharmacist Find the “Perfect” Job Opportunity Available?

HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, placement and staffing services for over 28 years. HCC is nationally renowned for a history of matching the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of situation. This includes permanent and long term placements in all 50 states. We also can help with temp-to-permanent situations.

Whatever setting a pharmacist is looking to work in and whatever special needs a pharmacy may be searching for, HCC can help. Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer solutions for almost every type of pharmacy job you may be looking for, or every type of pharmacist you may require:
– Compounding pharmacy and pharmacist
– Nursing Home & Long Term Care pharmacy and pharmacist
– Institutional (prisons and jails) pharmacy and pharmacist
– Hospice pharmacy and pharmacist
– Mail-order pharmacy and pharmacist
– Home health pharmacy and pharmacist
– Respiratory pharmacy and pharmacist
– IV pharmacy and pharmacist
– Nuclear pharmacy and pharmacist
– Home infusion pharmacy and pharmacist

If you are a pharmacy requiring permanent staffing help or a pharmacist looking for a new position, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help. We have a professional in-house staff of consultants who can find you the right pharmacist or job to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy area. Contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.

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Tips For Interviewing Pharmacist Candidates

Interviewing TipsInterviewing potential pharmacists for an open job position is a challenge to many. Sometimes the pharmacy owner or hiring manager is faced with the dilemma of needing to fill the position quickly along with hiring the best pharmacist available. Often times the potential candidate is interviewing with other potential employers and it’s important to keep in mind that, while your are interviewing them, the candidates are also interviewing you! To help you be able to evaluate the best pharmacist to fill your need, plus show you’re company as being the best employment choice for the candidate, here are some interviewing tips to consider for your next interviewing opportunity.

Interviewing Tips

  1. Be Prepared!
    Obviously you should already have a job description prepared with a list of both the job duties and responsibilities for the open position. Additionally, if you are requiring certain experience and qualifications for the position, these should be well defined prior to the interview.
    Another task that you should perform prior to the interview is check out the individual’s social media accounts. Obviously you’ve already thoroughly reviewed the candidate’s resume, but their LinkedIn and Facebook accounts can be truly enlightening. Ask yourself if their accounts are professionally done, as a poor LinkedIn account may mean that they are perhaps not the right person to work at your company.
  2. Be Yourself, But Listen!
    Act comfortable and be conversational. It is a good idea to develop some rapport with the person by inquiring about their interests and hobbies. BUT – do more listening than talking. The point is to make the potential employee relaxed and comfortable, then actively listen to them. Remember that the interview is not about you! A good rule of thumb is to talk yourself for approximately twenty percent (20%) of the time and let the candidate talk for eighty percent (80%) of the interview.
    Additionally, don’t let moments of silence during the interview make you feel the need to fill them up with “chatter” or to go of course from your topic. A hiatus that is uncomfortable can lead to diverting the interview off-topic and down the proverbial “rabbit hole”. Instead, realize that the candidate may need the silence to consider their answer, so use it wisely yourself and mentally review their answers to your previous questions.
  3. Have Your Questions Ready!
    Asking the right questions is the key. Prepare a list and then prioritize them. Make sure that you get the most important questions answered. Be flexible, but don’t allow your agenda to be diverted and your most important questions go unanswered.
    Also, it’s imperative that you never ask questions that are either inappropriate or illegal. Consider these areas to always be “off limit”:
    – Age
    – Race
    – Religion
    – Marital Status
    – Country of origin or birthplace
    – Criminal or arrest record
    – Disabilties
  4. Look For Solutions!
    A great interview tactic or practice is to provide an actual problem that your company previously experienced and then ask the candidate what they would have done to in the same situation to fix it. The best candidates will be prepared for most of your potential questions, but usually not this type of inquiry. Watch how they react and see if “putting them on the spot” makes them become flustered. Remember that some people interview very well, but are not the right choice to deal with “real” on the job crisis or situations.
  5. Learn Body Language!
    A person’s body language can sometimes tell us more about a potential job candidate than their verbal communication does. Being able to interpret a person’s nonverbal communication via unconscious gestures and movements takes practice, but is often times enlightening. Facial expressions, breathing, posture and hand gestures can often be clues of dishonesty or emotional issues. Just as important may be a person’s tone of voice. An excellent discussion on body language is available if you’re interested in learning more on Mind Tools website.
  6. Sell Your Company!
    Keep in mind that the potential candidate is most likely interviewing with other potential employers or competitors. So be ready to “sell” the potential employee on why your position is most likely their best choice. Always allow enough time at the end of the interview for the candidate to ask you questions. The best candidates may ask you one of the following questions (so be prepared!):
    – What does your company’s community involvement look like?
    – What are your company’s plans for future growth?
    – Can you describe the culture of the company and work environment?
    – Why do you choose to work for this company?
    – What are the biggest challenges the company faces?

Consider Using a Professional Pharmacy Staffing Agency

Unless your company has a dedicated HR (Human Resources) department, most of us may simply lack the experience and skills required to interview properly. Consider using an experienced pharmacy staffing agency to do the work for you! Working with the right staffing firm can accomplish two significant tasks for you:
– They can vet the potential candidates on your behalf. After all, isn’t that what a professional recruiter does for a living? Matches the right candidate to the right job?
– They can bring you potential candidates that you could not attract on your own. Most companies post their openings on the typical job boards: Indeed, Monster, ZipRecruiter, etc. and then hope that the right potential employee will come to them. The right pharmacy staffing agency will have a large pool of potential candidates at their disposal to fill your needs. For example, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has a proprietary database of pharmacists and technicians that has been built and updated over a twenty-eight year period of staffing throughout the USA. It allows the staffing agency to quickly match-up the correct job candidate to the correct employer for a perfect match in almost any situation. Perhaps even more importantly, a staffing firm may have candidates that are not actively looking at the job boards, but could be available if the right job opportunity was presented to them. These “passive” candidates will never know of your potential job opportunity unless contacted by an experienced recruiter.

The point is that working with the right pharmacy staffing agency saves you both time and money. Plus results in you hiring the best candidate available. Even though they charge a fee, the real question to ask yourself is how much does hiring the wrong candidate cost you in the long run?

About HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Let an experienced Pharmacy recruitment and placement agency find you the perfect pharmacist to fill your job opening. HCC has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire since 1989. Known nationally for over 28 years as a “full service” pharmacy staffing company, HCC deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you find the correct pharmacist to fill you company’s needs!


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Resume Tips For Pharmacist

Writing a resume is not a strength that many pharmacists possess. Although highly educated, pharmacists are traditionally skilled in areas such as chemistry, mathematics and science, and many lack the skill and experience in an area such as writing a great resume. According to a recent study by the ASME, both recruiters and management stated that they see more poorly written resumes submitted by job candidates now than ever before. A poorly written resume will most likely eliminate you from consideration for a job quickly, even if you are perhaps the most qualified candidate.

So for those who are presently researching new potential pharmacy job positions or are actively pursuing a change, here are some resume writing tips to help you create a polished resume that will make you stand out from the other candidates applying for the job you want to get.

Tips For Writing A Superior Resume

  1. Proper Formatting Is Key

    These days most resumes are submitted electronically and a majority of potential employers are looking at your resume on their computer screens. So make sure that yours is formatted to look great and be read either on a computer screen or on paper if printed. Additionally, most resumes are “scanned” through first by the hiring manager or recruiter in less than thirty seconds without being thoroughly read, so proper formatting can make all the difference between being initially discarded or making it to the next “round”. Here are some rules that are recommended by professional resume writers regarding proper formatting:
    – Try and keep it to just one (1) page. If one page simply will not be enough, never exceed two (2) pages.
    – Make it easy for the reader to scan it quickly by using a logical format. Use clear headings, clean type and wide spaced margins.
    – Use bullet points and/or italics (or bolding) to draw attention to your major attributes and accomplishments. Make it easy for the reader to quickly see why you are the best choice for the job. But don’t overdo it or you will risk looking amateurish.

  2. Focus on Your Accomplishments

    Focusing on your previous job description and job duties can not only make your resume too long, but can also result in it being boring and “just like every other candidate’s” resume. Instead, focus on your accomplishments.
    – Keep your previous job duties and job descriptions to a minimum. Make the assumption that the person reading your resume already mostly knows what your duties were at your previous jobs. Include just a line or two and then jump right into what you accomplished.
    – Focus on how you made things better for the company at your previous jobs. Show that you were an asset, solved problems and made a difference. That’s what will set you apart from the others. All employers have problems and, although their’s may be a bit different from those at your previous position, being a problem solver, being part of the solution and making a difference is the type of employee that every company wants.

  3. Quantify Your Accomplishments

    Although perhaps this is a subset of focusing on your accomplishments that we discussed above, quantifying what you achieved at your previous jobs cannot be stressed enough. Remember that your resume is not just your bio, it is a tool that you need to polish to market yourself and your potential value to an employer.
    – Use money as a way to quantify your accomplishments if at all possible. Nothing will get a potential employer’s attention more easily than showing that your actions and initiatives resulted in increased profits or sales, or that your ideas and suggestions resulted in increased efficiency for your previous employer’s operation.
    –  Sometimes in order to quantify your accomplishments you must work in “reverse”. Take a look backwards at your past jobs and ask yourself what the results for your previous employers would have been if you had not taken an action or not suggested an improvement in their work flow or processes.

  4. Focus On The Last Ten Years

    This obviously doesn’t apply to those who have less than ten years of work experience, but can be a critical factor for those of an older demographic. Experts agree that potential employers will primarily focus their attention on just the last ten years of work experience. Changes in just about every facet of the pharmacy profession have in a way made work experience over a decade ago no longer as relevant.
    – Don’t specify graduation dates. This is especially true for older candidates that don’t want to be passed over because of their age.
    – Keeping your resume to one or two pages will be a challenge if you have had numerous previous jobs during your career. To streamline your resume as discussed above, list any previous jobs that were over 10 years ago, but omit any descriptions and duties to save precious space.

  5. Focus On Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is really the online version of your resume. Having an up-to-date and professional LinkedIn page cannot be stressed enough. Almost every hiring manager and recruiter will immediately go and review your LinkedIn profile. So if you don’t already have one, it’s time that you created one. If you already do have one, perhaps it’s time to update and polish it.
– Make sure that all the information matches. Nothing will raise a “red flag” more quickly than a LinkedIn profile that doesn’t match your “offline” resume.
– Use a professional photographer for your profile picture. Like the old saying goes, you only get one chance at a first impression. Using a photograph that is low quality, out of focus or simply doesn’t make you look your very best should be avoided if at all possible.
– LinkedIn also gives you a way to further display your personal character and community involvement to enhance your value to a potential employer. Joining and participating in groups, displaying your involvement in your community, sharing your interests and following industry leaders and experts are all ways that LinkedIn can be used to show that you are a well rounded individual who would be an asset to their company.
– Consider getting some feedback from a LinkedIn “pro” or expert (if you are not already one yourself). Feedback from a LinkedIn “guru” can make the difference between being seen as an average candidate or a “rock star”.
– Although other Social Media channels (such as Facebook and Twitter) may be important, LinkedIn is by far the one that you should primarily focus your attention on and put your energy into. Additionally, always remember that a potential employer may just take a look at your Facebook or Twitter accounts, so be careful what you post! These days the rule seems to be that “if you don’t want the whole world to see it, don’t post it!”.

Who Do You Know

Now that your resume is finished, it’s time to take action and find the right position. Many people will tell you – “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” that will land you the job that you desire. Networking is a great way to meet potential employers or to meet individuals who can connect you to the right people. Start networking by attending local and state association meetings. Consider going to some national conventions, especially if you are open to a geographical change for your next job.

Perhaps the best choice is to contact a pharmacy staffing agency. Basically, finding the right candidate to fill an open position for an employer is their job. An experienced recruiter knows exactly what jobs are available and what companies are currently looking to hire. A great staffing agency will “market” you and perform most of the time consuming “leg work” required to connect you to the right job and employer.

About HCC Pharmacy Staffing

From major hospitals and healthcare systems to individual community pharmacies, HCC has been the nationally renowned pharmacy staffing agency of choice for over 28 years now. Let an experienced Pharmacy recruitment and permanent placement expert find the right job for you. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 28 years. HCC has experienced in-house experts whose job is to match the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation. Our placement and recruiting team have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 to get started in finding your next position.


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Pharmacy Grads Failing State Board Exams

Fewer pharmacy graduates are passing the state board examsFewer pharmacy graduates are passing the state board exams each year on their first attempt. Alarmingly, an interesting recent article discussing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination pass rate for graduates from the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s pharmacy school revealed that just over seventy percent (72.6%) passed the test. Conversely, that means that 27.4% failed (or over one out of four graduates from the college). Although the College of Pharmacy’s Dean blamed the low test pass rate on a changed format for the exam (the standardized testing is now what’s considered linear versus being adaptive previously), the fact that over 27% of the graduates failed is a bit astonishing. Even more so when one looks at the previous exam pass rates over the past three years:
2017 – 72.6%
2016 – 84.2%
2015 – 82.8%

National Pharmacist Licensure Examination Pass Rates

An alarming annual decrease in pharmacy graduates passing the NAPLEX test is of concern to many employers and others in the US healthcare field. NAPLEX stands for The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and is a national standardized exam that’s now required for all pharmacists practicing in the USA. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) does provide some limited historical data that covers the previous three (3) years, but thanks to a great service provided by ClinCalc we are able to analyze exam data all the way back to 2005.

Here are the actual national exam first attempt pass rates by pharmacy graduates from 2005 through 2016:
Year      # of Graduates Tested              National Average
2016                 14,190                                      86%
2015                 13,786                                      92%
2014                 13,369                                      95%
2013                 12,702                                      96%
2012                 12,222                                      97%
2011                 11,916                                      95%
2010                 11,377                                      94%
2009                 10,999                                      96%
2008                 10,449                                      97%
2007                   9,886                                      96%
2006                   9,025                                      93%
2005                   8,296                                      91%

Issues and Concerns Raised

Several interesting issues are raised by the decrease in the national pharmacy exam first attempt pass rates that is taking place nationally. The question that many ask is “why?”. After a steady increase seen from 2005 through 2008 (when the pass rate rose from a low of 91% to a high of 97% across the US), the rate leveled out for the next four years. Since the high of 97% seen in 2012, there then has been a gradual, but steady decrease in the rate leading to the national low of 86% seen last year (2016). Some experts agree that part of the decreased pass rate can be associated with the national standardized exam (NAPLEX) being used now for all pharmacy school graduates. Yet that leads many to ask the following question – Does that mean that previous graduates who didn’t take the NAPLEX but passed are not qualified to be Registered Pharmacists practicing the profession? The answer is obviously no. By itself, the passing of an exam does not make a pharmacy graduate a pharmacist. What it does show is that a person is qualified and ready to continue learning to be the best pharmacist that they can be by actively working on the job. Many would agree that learning on the job and gaining experience over time are the most important factors involved in becoming a “professional” pharmacist.

Perhaps a bigger issue for many is the number of pharmacy school graduates that are taking the exam. In the US the number of pharmacy graduates has “exploded” due to the large increase in the number of colleges that now offer a degree in Pharmacy. In 1987 there were a total of 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the US. According to the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there are currently 129 accredited pharmacy schools. Looking at the number of graduates who took the exam nationally, one sees a steady increase from the low of 8,296 graduates in 2005 to the record high of 14,190 that was seen last year in 2016. That represents an increase of slightly over seventy percent (71%). Although projections provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a continued positive increase in the growth of the total number of jobs for pharmacists over the next decade in the US, many are concerned that the number of new pharmacy graduates will at some point outpace that job growth. Many experts predict that due to the laws of supply and demand, salaries for pharmacists in certain areas of the country will at some point have to adjust and begin to decline over time.

The Solution If Your New RPh Fails The Board Exam

Many graduates accept a job offer prior to actually taking the state board exam. To be competitive and attract the top talent, many employers offer candidates a job or position contingent on their passing the NAPLEX. Yet what happens when the graduate fails the exam? As one looks closely at the trends discussed, upwards of 14 out of 100 pharmacy graduates taking the exam for the first time are failing to pass. Many pharmacy owners and managers are left in a desperate situation and must spend their time and valuable resources in what can become an exhaustive search for a pharmacist.

HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you in such a difficult situation. Known as the leading pharmacy staffing agency in the USA for 28+ years now, HCC has a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy setting. When it comes to pharmacy recruiting, pharmacist placement and pharmacy staffing services, HCC is nationally renowned for our ability to match the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of situation. This includes permanent and long term placements in all 50 states. We also can help with temp-to-permanent situations.

Contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 and find out for yourself why HCC is the pharmacy staffing agency of choice throughout the USA!

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Miami Tampa Pharmacy Jobs

pharmacy jobsPharmacy jobs in Miami and Tampa are on the rise. Several positions recently became available in the both Miami-Dade and Tampa metropolitan areas, and we here at Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing are excited about the fact that these regions of the Sunshine State are continuing to show a strong surge of economic growth. The emergence of new employment opportunities and an increase in lucrative job openings for both pharmacists and technicians are indicative of the economic health being seen throughout the State of Florida over the past year.

RPh and Pharmacy Technician Jobs Currently Open

As examples, let’s take a look at two current job openings that Healthcare Consultants is actively seeking to fill with the right candidates.

Sterile Compounding Pharmacist

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is seeking a well qualified Florida Sterile Compounding Pharmacist in the Tampa Florida area. There is an immediate opening for a candidate with a strong background with USP <797> and USP <800> experience and a knowledge of the provisions of FDC 503B. This position is with a well established specialty pharmacy and the employer provides both competitive compensation and benefits. For a full description of the job duties, responsibilities and qualifications that the position requires, please Click Here now (or visit the Pharmacist Jobs section of our web site to see all of our jobs and positions that are currently available for pharmacists).

Tampa is a vibrant and diverse city on the Gulf Coast of Florida that is inclusive of the cities Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, plus encompasses all of the other cities located in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Pasco Counties. With over 3 million residents and a growth rate of almost seven percent (7%) between 1010 – 2017, Tampa offers everything a person could want when living on Florida’s West Coast: excellent beaches, outstanding fishing, fine dining, sports and golf, plus exciting night life and entertainment.

Pharmacy Technician Job

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing currently is seeking a well qualified Florida Pharmacy Technician and Biller in the North Palm Beach area of Florida. This position is a full time opportunity with an established specialty pharmacy in the West Palm Beach and North Palm Beach area. Technicians who currently work in the Miami Florida area are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have a background in pharmacy billing (two or more years of experience as a Biller is a definite plus). Previous experience with PioneerRX software is also a bonus. The employer offers competitive compensation and the benefits of Paid Time Off (PTO) after thirty (30) days, along with 401k eligibility after the first year of employment. For a full description of the job duties, responsibilities and qualifications that the position requires, please Click Here now (or visit the Technician Jobs section of our web site to see all of our positions that are currently available for certified pharmacy techs in Florida).

Palm Beach is considered to be a part of the Miami Metropolitan Area that is comprised of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Synonymous with South Florida and having a population approaching six million people, Miami is the fourth largest urban area in the entire United States. A great place to live and work with its diversified culture, the area is well known for its beaches, International culture, sports, climate and lifestyle.

HCC Is The Pharmacy Staffing Agency Of Choice!

HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been in business for over 28 years now, staffing pharmacies throughout Florida with qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. HCC has placed hundreds of RPh’s and techs in a variety of positions throughout the Sunshine State in retail, hospital, mail-order and specialty pharmacy settings. HCC is well known for our long history of successfully matching the right candidate with the right job AND the right employer!

Let us help you find the right employer and position to fit your lifestyle and needs. With open positions available in well established pharmacies throughout Florida, HCC may be the staffing agency for you!

Looking for a new opportunity? Call us at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and we’ll get back with you right away to discuss the best opportunities to match your skills and needs.


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Pharmacy 45th Best Job In US

Pharmacy 45th Best Job In USPharmacy as a job is only the 45th best job to work and have in the USA? Many people seem somewhat surprised that working as a pharmacist is considered to be only the forty-fifth best job to have in the nation. In addition to the “Best Paying Job” rankings we previously discussed, US News also recently released their annual 2018 “Best Jobs” list. Using a somewhat complicated set of criteria that took into account each profession’s median annual salary, the growth of new jobs over the next ten years, job stability, current unemployment data, plus some subjective criteria like personal balance, job satisfaction and stress on the job, working as an RPh came in at forty-fifth (out of one-hundred) on the US News’ 2018 list. I don’t know how other pharmacists may feel about this ranking, but as a pharmacist myself I find this result somewhat disturbing and perhaps even a bit disappointing.

Jobs Ranked Above Pharmacy

Being listed as a “Best Job” is obviously a very subjective issue, as job satisfaction in an industry is a personal matter. Every industry has something to offer an individual, plus enjoying both the job and the lifestyle associated with a profession truly depends on a person’s unique needs and desires. Yet the jobs that ranked above pharmacy are extremely interesting. As was seen with the list from US News regarding the “Best Paying Jobs“, as expected healthcare positions again dominate the top of the 2018 “Best Job” list:
– Dentist #2
– Physician Assistant #3
– Nurse Practitioner #4
– Orthodontist #5
– Pediatrician #7
– Physician #8
– Obstetrician and Gynecologist #9
– Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon #10

Yet when one takes a closer look and reviews a sampling of the jobs ranked above being a pharmacist, some interesting and surprising professions are seen:
– Software Developer #1
– Statistician #6
– Actuary #24
– Mathematician #25
– Diagnostic Medical Sonographer #26
– Cost Estimator #27
– Lawyer #33
– Nurse Midwife #35
– Speech-Language Pathologist #38
No one can question that each of these professions is enjoyed by their practitioners and can result in personal job satisfaction, yet as a pharmacist I personally find the list surprising. The most interesting fact that the list revealed may be the fact that a majority of these jobs “out-ranking” pharmacist require very little interaction with others, especially the public. Perhaps that leads to a much lower stress level than when compared with pharmacy jobs. Almost everyone agrees that the practice of pharmacy is perhaps one of the most stressful jobs that there is, requiring a practitioner to have great communication skills and almost unlimited patience. Many individuals that are of an introverted nature and prefer to work in a more isolated job environment may find that the practice of pharmacy as a career is therefor not to their liking.

Specific Pharmacy Job Types or Practice Areas

Perhaps breaking the profession of pharmacy down further into specific jobs or practice areas should be considered for next year’s list by US News. Just as doctors and physicians are comprised of various additional specialty types (pediatricians, surgeons, gynecologists, radiologists, etc.), pharmacists also fall into various job categories. Perhaps it is unfair to simply rate the entire profession as a “lump sum” and distinct areas of specialized practice would reveal truer results regarding pharmacist and “best jobs”. Most would agree that the subjective criteria used as part of the rankings (personal balance, job satisfaction, growth, flexibility, stress on the job, etc.) vary in different pharmacy settings and areas. Consider for yourself how the subjective criteria would change dramatically for each of these practice areas:
– Retail pharmacy
– Hospital pharmacy
– Mail-order pharmacy
– IV infusion
– Institutional pharmacy
– Clinical pharmacist
– Nuclear pharmacy

Conclusions Regarding Pharmacy Jobs Ranking #45

Even though a pharmacist job ranked as the twenty-first (21st) best paying position in the nation to have by US News in their 2018 list, salary alone obviously is not sufficient enough to make pharmacy as attractive a profession to work in as many would have thought. With an average salary of over $120,000 and an employment rate of less than two percent, the following factors were noted as contributing to the lower rank for job satisfaction:
– Flexibility
Pharmacy jobs were rated as below average in regards to flexibility. This was noted in numerous areas, including work hours, scheduling, geography and job environment. The inability to work from home for many is a major inflexibility associated with the profession of pharmacy. In this age of “virtualization”, a lot of jobs like computer programming and software development are viewed as more attractive by younger professionals (especially the millennials).
Geographical inflexibility was also tied to being a pharmacist. The complex issue of license reciprocity (and the complete lack of reciprocity by some states) makes future geographic movement unappealing when considering a profession to embrace.
– Growth
Pharmacy jobs were also rated as below average in regards to future growth. Many view pharmacy as a “one trick pony” when it comes to switching practice areas. With almost 18,000 available jobs, one could argue that pharmacists are in demand. However, the majority of these open positions are primarily in retail pharmacy settings, and switching between hospital and retail job environments is not viewed as an easy transition. As we’ve previously discussed, the future of the pharmacy job market may actually be shifting to the hospital setting, and many retail pharmacists do not have the skills or experience to make such a transition.
– Stress and Work/Life Balance
As already noted, being an RPh is a stressful job. Who could watch a pharmacist working in a busy retail pharmacy and view the job as attractive? Working every day with patients who are sick and ill, the “pressure” of filling prescriptions quickly (even though making an error could be harmful or even fatal), plus having to stand on your feet throughout the entire day, all may make the job unappealing when considered by many individuals.
Work/Life Balance was also viewed as below average when US News compared the profession to others. With so much emphasis being placed on work-life balance by individuals choosing their career paths, the proper prioritization between work (career and ambition) and lifestyle (health, leisure and family) was seen as lacking when it came to the practice of pharmacy.

Pharmacist Placement and Pharmacy Staffing Services

HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is known for being one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the nation for over 28 years now. When it comes to pharmacist placement and pharmacy staffing services, HCC is recognized for our ability to match the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of situation and circumstance. This includes permanent and long term placements in all 50 states.

Whether you’re a pharmacy owner or manager looking for permanent staffing help, or a pharmacist looking for a new job, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help. We have a professional in-house staff of consultants who can find you the right pharmacist or job to match your needs. Contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started and see how we can help you.



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