Pharmacy Job Tips

Pharmacy Job Tips for Switching JobsMany pharmacists have switched jobs recently and many are considering a change to a new work direction or setting as the profession of pharmacy evolves and changes. With New Year’s resolutions about to be on everyone’s minds, changing jobs as a pharmacist can be very tempting. It has been almost five years since the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) first released it’s National Pharmacist Workforce Study back in 2014, but the results are basically the same in 2019. The trends that the study documented all still continue to be accurate today:
– Women (female) pharmacists outnumber men (male) pharmacists.
Over 57% of actively licensed practicing pharmacists in the United States are now women. It is interesting to note though that ownership of pharmacies is still predominantly dominated by men, with over 70% of all the independent retail community pharmacies owned by a male pharmacist.
– Pharmacy graduates are outpacing the creation of new jobs.
In 1987 a total of 72 pharmacy schools existed in the US. In 2014, according to the AACP there were 130 accredited pharmacy colleges. As of July of 2019, there are now 143 US based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs, plus one 1 school with precandidate status, for a total of 144 colleges and schools. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency recognized by both the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education, and it is ultimately the agency responsible for accrediting the pharmacy programs.
– Pharmacy positions are becoming much more specialized and diversified.
In 2014 the total number of practicing pharmacists throughout the nation actually working in retail positions fell below 50% for the first time ever to around 44%. The move away from retail pharmacy jobs showed an astonishing increase in pharmacists now working in hospitals (30%) and other practice areas and specialties (25%). Although the newest 2019 numbers released this past July now show a reversal of this pattern with retail pharmacy jobs now comprising an estimated 58%, pharmacists as a profession are constantly assuming greater responsibility in patient care, and more pharmacists are continuing to step outside of their old traditional practice settings by switching jobs.

What is the Actual Pharmacist Job Turnover Average Annually?

Although the only actual number that could be found regarding pharmacist job turnover is perhaps outdated (the study took place from 1983 through 1997), the national average was 11% per year. Perhaps equally important to note was that the pharmacists who left and switched jobs primarily made the change in less than three years. The primary reason for leaving a pharmacy position was attributed to stress and perhaps surprisingly, citing salary for the reason for “job switching” was number four down on the list (following stress, career advancement opportunities, geography and finally salary).

We should also quickly mention the Millennials. Named by Gallup as “The Job-Hopping Generation”, these younger professionals exhibit a tendency never before seen in the history of pharmacy (or other professions for that matter). A 2016 study on LinkedIn showed that Millennials average a change in jobs four times in their first decade out of college. That’s nearly double the rate of the Gen-Xers before them (graduating college between 1985 – 1992) who averaged about two job changes in their first 10 years of work.
Although the past recession may have contributed to this phenomena of “job hopping”, causing many pharmacy graduates into accepting jobs they perhaps were not excited about, the primary motivation according to CNN is that the “Millennials want to move up the ranks quickly. One of the fastest ways to do that is to change jobs. A new role often comes with a more elevated title and a substantial pay raise (15% or more versus 1 to 3% by someone staying in their current role)”.

A “Quick Tip List” to Consider Before Changing Pharmacy Jobs

Today, as the expansion of patient focused healthcare services has changed the entire landscape of the workplace, many new pharmacy job opportunities and career paths are available to a pharmacist to consider and evaluate than ever existed in the past. Retail, hospital, specialty, clinical, mail-order, compounding, nuclear….. the list of possibilities for pharmacy career paths has become almost endless. So here is some “free advice” from pharmacy staffing experts who have been dealing with pharmacists switching positions for over 30+ years now.
1. Take your time. The decision to change jobs or career paths is a major decision. Take the time to explore all the possibilities that are available to you.
2. Start by taking a personal self-audit and consider the following questions:
– What are my short term and long range goals?
– What pharmacy setting appeals to me and is my personality a good fit for that setting?
– What pharmacy sector fits in with my lifestyle?
– What professional and personal growth opportunities are available?
3. The next step is to talk with some pharmacists who practice in the areas of your interest. Who better to ask questions regarding professional development and opportunities than with the pharmacists that are actually practicing in those areas? In today’s world of social media, blogging and online engagement, access to individual professionals has become fast and easy! Take some time and communicate with several individuals who can share their experience and are willing to help fellow members of the pharmacy community on the exciting and changing career paths now available.
4. Lastly, consider trying several different pharmacy job types before actually making the commitment to a specific pharmacy setting. This is where Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you. At HCC we have been finding that many pharmacists would rather initially “try out” several career path options before deciding on a permanent practice setting. This allows the individual to get actual experience in several different clinical &/or retail settings to see which opportunities fit best with their goals, personality and lifestyles.

Who Can Help You With Switching Jobs?

If you are seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the country. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 30+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position or considering a career change, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path.


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Relief and Temp Pharmacists

Relief Pharmacists in FL, GA, AL, NC, SC, TXMany pharmacy owners occasionally need a relief pharmacist or temp pharmacist quickly. The issues that many pharmacy owners face finding the right temporary pharmacist are numerous. Perhaps the pharmacy owner is planning a vacation or simply has an emergency situation and needs some help. Or perhaps a staff member quits, has an emergency of their own or simply needs a break. Many of us have been faced with the question of who can help us, and sometimes, help us quickly! Finding a qualified pharmacist to fill in quickly during a crisis or emergency situation and work relief for you is just like buying insurance sometimes: Nobody wants it until they actually need it!

What Are the Issues of Finding Pharmacy Relief Services?

The issues involved that one should think about in the finding a relief pharmacist can be summed up quickly:

– What staffing agency should I call?
Many find that the pharmacy staffing agencies are either very small or very large when needing one. The smaller ones have very limited resources, while the larger ones are harder to do business with as a new client (as they are focused primarily on satisfying their existing regular and mostly larger clients first).

– Do they have experienced and dependable Pharmacists to send for relief services?
Many pharmacy staffing agencies have a very limited pool of candidates to choose from. Being limited geographically may mean that their available resources are already being utilized, or that the pharmacists that they can offer may not be dependable. What could be worse than expecting some peace of mind while dealing with a personal emergency situation and getting a call that the temporary pharmacist was a “no show” that day?

– Quality choices that meet your specific needs are a major concern.
If you are operating any type of specialty pharmacy (compounding, IV infusion, oncology, mail order, etc.) you may realize that not just any relief pharmacist can walk in and function in your environment. This may be true in many retail community pharmacy environments also. Even with experience, is the pharmacist of the quality and possess the required experience and skills that you (and your patients) expect?

– Pricing and costs are always a consideration!
A major factor in choosing a pharmacy staffing agency to meet your relief needs is obviously the cost. In certain instances the pricing may be a secondary issue, but let’s be realistic: Price is always an issue. When it comes to supply and demand, an agency with few available candidates will charge more. Travel charges may also be added on that will inflate the cost of the fill-in pharmacist. Also keep in mind that 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, one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the cost of a relief or temp pharmacist prohibits a pharmacy owner from ever going on a vacation or having an emergency!

– Seasonality is sometimes a major concern when getting pharmacy relief for your business.
In many cases seasonality will affect both the availability and the price. High demand during certain times of the year are a normal factor on both pharmacist selection and cost. Holidays are a great example. How many qualified pharmacists want to actually spend the major holidays working? Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer pharmacists will give up their precious “free time” than ever before.

Fewer Pharmacist To Choose From?

Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 30+ years now, our experience is that there are far fewer pharmacists who choose to work extra jobs as relief. The same is true of those that choose to work only in temporary pharmacy staffing positions.

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, statistics revealed that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Back in the 1990’s this number was estimated to be around 15%. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist as relief was an estimated six hours weekly. This represents a significant decrease from the estimated 10 – 12 hours that pharmacists “moon lighted” back in the 1990’s. The study noted that a significant decrease regarding available pharmacists working part-time or as relief was seen every year since 2009. One can only see this trend continuing, leading to a smaller pool of pharmacists to choose from should you need them.

Being Prepared Versus Reactive

To avoid future problems when looking for a relief pharmacist and for available qualified pharmacists to meet any temporary needs you may have that arise, one must embrace the following adage that most major companies have learned over time: Hiring is an ongoing process not event. Another way of saying it is be prepared. Here at HCC Pharmacy Staffing we have been actively “preaching” to both clients and potential clients to be pro-active when it comes to the issue of getting a dependable and qualified relief pharmacist in place for when the need arises. Yet the reality is that the majority of pharmacy owners are reactive and not prepared when the time comes. The old cliche that has become HCC’s tagline over the past 30+ years is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! This certainly applies to getting an experienced and dependable temporary pharmacist quickly when the situation requires one.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 30+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. 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 pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!


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Hospital Pharmacist Jobs

Hospital Pharmacist JobsHospital jobs and positions for pharmacists in clinical settings are becoming lucrative opportunities as a clearer job market future emerges in the pharmacy profession. As discussed previously, the 2018 pharmacist job statistics clearly indicated that there would be a shift over the next decade from retail to hospital employment opportunities for pharmacists, plus a significant surge in the demand for RPh’s in all hospital, clinical and institutional settings.

As documented by the latest US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), currently around fifty-eight percent (58%) of all pharmacists work in a retail job or community drug store environment. What’s truly important to note, however, is that this is well down from the 65.2% reported almost a decade ago back in 2010. Meanwhile approximately twenty-six percent (25.8%) of all US pharmacists now work in jobs that are located in a hospital, clinical or home health settings. Once again, what’s truly important to take note of is the fact that, while retail pharmacist jobs dropped, hospital pharmacists rose to almost twenty-six percent (25.8%) in 2018 as compared to around twenty-three percent (23.2%) that was seen back in 2010.

The predicted shift is being fueled by hospitals and Health Care Systems and major hospitals pursue the enormous and lucrative specialty pharmacy dispensing revenues. In 2018, a staggering twenty-percent (20%) of hospitals owned a specialty pharmacy. Compare that with the fact that only three years prior in 2016 less than nine percent (9%) of hospitals owned a specialty pharmacy.

What Do the Pharmacist Job Statistics Predict?

These US Department of Labor statistics clearly indicate that the current trends are not an anomaly and that outcome will continue to be towards an increasing percentage of new jobs for the hospital sector and its practitioners. The latest USDL statistics reported that there will be a very small or minimal increase in the expansion of retail pharmacy jobs seen over the next ten year period (estimated at less than 1%), and that the retail job market for pharmacists will become rather stagnant. On the “flip side” is the the prediction that there will be well over a ten percent (10%) expansion in the number of hospital jobs for pharmacists seen over the next decade. Several medical employment and staffing experts are even predicting that a thirteen to fifteen percent (13-15%) increase is not unrealistic.

Why Shift From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy Job?

Hospital pharmacists historically were paid salaries that were lower (sometimes significantly) when compared to the salaries for retail, community, independent and chain store pharmacy positions. Now the reverse of this is being seen. Factoring in various parameters such as the longevity of being in a position, the skills required for the position and the duties being performed by the pharmacist on staff, plus certain geographical considerations, hospital pharmacist salaries now surpass those of most retail pharmacist jobs. Plus, hospital pharmacies also offer a wide range of areas for both advancement and growth that simply cannot be found in the retail pharmacy business environment.

Basically it is simply a matter of the old economic rule of supply and demand. While the total supply of pharmacists is increasing, the demand is shifting to skilled hospital RPh’s and jobs in specialized positions. The increase in supply is due in part to both the increased number of students graduating with RPh degrees, plus the decreased number of active pharmacists retiring. The number of pharmacy graduates has significantly increased as the number of pharmacy schools has increased. In the late 1980’s there were a total of only 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the nation. As reported by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there now exists a total of 130 accredited pharmacy schools offering a B. S. in Pharmacy degree in the United States. Additionally, as the average age of retirement continues to increase (from previously about 62 years of age to over 70 years old now), fewer vacant job positions and openings are becoming available to be filled.

If YOU Are Considering Switching From Retail To Hospital Pharmacy

If you are currently thinking about your own future in the pharmacy profession and considering a switch or transition from a retail to a hospital setting, please take a moment to consider the following:

– In some states additional licensure requirements are required for certain hospital, clinical and nursing home positions. Using Florida as an example, to become the Director of Pharmacy in a hospital or work as a consulting pharmacist in a nursing home, a Consulting Pharmacist licence is additionally required. In Florida, as specified in Rule 64B16-26.301, an RPh must successfully pass an exam after taking an approved twelve hour course, plus then must work under a preceptor for three consecutive months to be evaluated and assessed (within one year of passing the exam). Additionally, the pharmacist must obtain a minimum of forty training hours, of which sixty percent (60%) must take place onsite at an institutional or hospital pharmacy holding a permit.
– The hospital pharmacy environment is not the “slow paced” job that many of us as pharmacists remember from the “good old days”. Perhaps it really never was. Today’s hospital pharmacy positions are conversely a fast paced work environment that require a high energy level and extended periods of concentration and focus.
– Hospital hours can be a major negative to many RPh’s lifestyles. This is especially true for new employees that are typically hired to work on the “graveyard shift” in order to get a position at a hospital (in order to get their “foot in the door”). Remember that a hospital never closes, even on major holidays (although this is also true for many large chain drug stores as well these days).
– Although you may think that switching from a retail pharmacy job means no longer having to deal with sick patients and difficult customers who are always in a hurry to get their prescriptions, keep in mind that doctors, nurses and other various members of the hospital’s health care team can also sometimes be extremely difficult to deal with.
– Certain hospital pharmacy activities (such as preparing IV solutions, infusions and other sterile medications in a Laminar-Flow Hood) can be very taxing on an individual. Pharmacists who have back pain or problems sometimes find that positions like this are extremely hard to work at for long periods of time.
– Keeping current is hard in clinical settings. Changes in hospital pharmacy occur more quickly than elsewhere. It is essential that the hospital pharmacist continuously read clinical journals, articles and continue getting education and training on a regular basis.

How Can You Prepare to Switch From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy?

For a more in depth discussion of how to get yourself ready to switch from a retail to a hospital pharmacy career, please visit our previous post on Tips for Pharmacists Switching Jobs. Here are some of suggestions that you may want to consider trying:
1. Take or attend a Continuing Education class that covers information in the areas of hospital or clinical settings that may be of interest to you.
2. Attend a hospital pharmacy conference. There are numerous national and state hospital pharmacy organizations that offer annual conferences. Examples include the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
3. Do some job “shadowing”. “Test drive” the job before you make a decision to actually switch. Find pharmacists in your area who practice in a hospital setting. See if job “shadowing” is allowed and perhaps spend some time at their place of work to experience what a typical day can look like at their job.
4. Read. Sometimes simply reading about a particular job setting or environment can help you get a better picture of what the job really is all about.

Who Can Help You Make A Switch?

If you are seriously considering making the change from retail or community pharmacy to hospital or institutional pharmacy, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been 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 pharmacy staffing, pharmacist recruitment and direct hire firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement have been our primary business now for over 30+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking to switch to a new position or area of practice, 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.


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Emergency Relief Pharmacists

relief pharmacists in FL, GA, AL, NC, SC, TXEmergency relief pharmacists are always in demand, but the recent announcement last week in California that over 1,400 Pharmacy Practice Exams were invalidated is already having a “ripple effect” regarding the profession’s ability to meet emergency needs. The students that were impacted make a valid point that many have lost job opportunities and money because of the exams being invalidated. Many students are facing repayment of their student loans coming due before they’re able to afford repaying them. Yet on the “flipside” of the story is the effect this situation has on numerous employers like pharmacy owners and managers. It’s important to always keep in mind that in situations such as these the end result can be a possible shortage of pharmacists available to do temporary and relief work in some emergency situations.

Temporary Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies

Needing temporary pharmacists during emergency situations can sometimes pose what seems like insurmountable obstacles to the pharmacy owner and manager. Last year in 2018 the hurricanes in both Texas and Florida had triggered discussions with several HCC clients regarding various scenarios and situations that can occur when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of critical importance to your drugstore even being open for business. Because a pharmacy can not legally be open for business without a registered pharmacist on duty, sometimes the pharmacy owner or store manager is faced with the dilemma of finding a pharmacist quickly or having to close the pharmacy’s doors and shut the business down until a pharmacist can be found.  Emergencies such as the severe weather that accompanies a hurricane can prevent a pharmacist scheduled to work a certain shift from returning safely from evacuation if it’s required. This also applies if the pharmacist was on vacation and severe weather leads to the closing of airports that will simply impede or delay his or her return to work.

Additionally, the death of a family member, personal illness, accidents and other unforeseen events can lead to emergency situations that can force a pharmacy to shut down. This not only results in lost business, but can cause severe stress and frustration to loyal customers and patients who rely on the pharmacy being open for their medications and health needs. This can be even more critical in rural communities and small towns where sometimes only one pharmacy is open and operates. With no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up”, emergencies from not having a registered pharmacist available can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community.

Why Use a Pharmacy Staffing Agency?

In the past it was often the case that a pharmacist’s co-workers would simply fill in when needed to. To cover for an illness, vacations and situations like a death in the family, all of the other pharmacists simply worked overtime or called their friends to fill in. Yet for several reasons this has shifted to the utilization of pharmacy staffing agencies and staffing firms over the past decade.

The first reason is that several recent studies have linked long shifts and hours worked by pharmacists to severe increases in medication errors. In one study published by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Advisers (NAPRA) it was noted that “pharmacists who are overburdened and understaffed present a very real threat of harm to the patients who depend on them”. Another study performed at the Houston Methodist Hospital documented that an exponential relationship can be seen between a pharmacist’s workload and working long shifts to an alarming increase in medication dispensing errors. Some states are even considering legislation over the past several years regarding setting limits on how many hours per shift and hours a week that a pharmacist should be allowed to work.

The second reason cited for the shift to using pharmacy staffing agencies is that overworked pharmacists have been shown to “burn out” and to quickly develop a negative attitude toward their profession. A great article in Pharmacy Times noted that excessive overtime, long shifts and being on-call constantly, all contribute to the extremely high rate of “burn out” seen in the pharmacy profession. The result is that more and more pharmacists are choosing not to work part time jobs or do relief work any longer.

Lastly is the expense and cost. By using a pharmacy staffing agency for relief pharmacists, the pharmacy can save on all of the following:
– Hiring expenses and the time required
– HR expenses such as criminal background checks, license verification, drug screening and paperwork
– Payroll taxes
– Accounting expenses
– Insurance
– Overtime pay
Some accounting experts estimate that all of the above expenses can add up to an increase of over 60% per hour when compared to hiring a pharmacist on staff paid by the hour.

Choosing an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Agency

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and therefor is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” clients immediate needs.

The perfect choice if you’re pharmacy is located in the Southeast is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. 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 all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

 


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Pharmacist Jobs Statistics

Statistics regarding the state of the current job market for pharmacists that were released in the most recent report by the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) on June 17, 2019 show some interesting results when one is considering pharmacy as a career. For those already practicing in the pharmacy profession, it also may help to clarify what segment of the industry a pharmacist should consider practicing in as a future career path. For many this means getting the required training and experience now that may help them get the best position for a job or position in the future.

National Pharmacist Job Statistics in 2018

Pharmacist Job StatisticsThe first thing to note is that there continues to be an increase in the number of pharmacist jobs and positions across the entire nation. Yet the annual percentage increase of new jobs available for pharmacists is definitely slowing down. As a point of reference, comparing the total number of positions for pharmacists in 2014 (297,100) versus 2016 (305,510) shows just a modest gain of 8,410 new jobs available over the two year period (or slightly less than a 3% increase). The statistics just released by the Department of Labor show that in 2018 the total number of positions for pharmacists rose to a new record high of 312,500. Once again, if we compare the next two year period of 2018 versus 2016 we see a very modest gain of 6,990 new jobs available over the two year period (or approximately a 2.2% increase). So, while we still are seeing a steady annual increase in the number of new jobs and total positions available to pharmacists, there is definitely a “slowing down” of the growth.

This increase has been going on for well over a decade now and according to the US Department of Labor (USDL) will continue until 2026. Based on the continuing increase in life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, the increased demand for prescription drugs will obviously lead to an increase in the demand for pharmacists and thus more jobs. The USDL projects that the number of pharmacist jobs will grow roughly by six percent (6%) over the next ten years.

Too Many Pharmacists Graduating?

Although these statistics indicate a continued and steady positive increase in the growth of the total number of jobs for pharmacists over the next decade in the United States, many are sharing their concern that the number of new pharmacy graduates will at some point outpace that job growth. In the USA, the number of pharmacy graduates has “exploded” due to the significant increase in the number of Pharmacy schools that offer a degree in Pharmacy. In 1987 there were a total of only 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the US. In 2014, according to the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there are currently 130 accredited pharmacy colleges across the nation. Many experts predict that due to the laws of supply and demand, salaries for pharmacists in certain settings and/or regions of the country will at some point have to adjust and begin to decline.

Regional US Pharmacist Job Statistics

Looking at the USDL numbers on a regional basis reveals some very interesting statistics. As expected, the more populous states such as California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania have the most pharmacist jobs. Here are the totals for these highly populated states:
– California 30,950
– Texas 21,250
– Florida 20,790
– New York 20,400
– Pennsylvania 14,610
What is interesting to note is what the USDL calls a “Location Quotient” relative to jobs in a profession. The USDL location quotient (LQ) is basically a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation is in a region when compared to the US as a whole. It can reveal what makes a particular state or region of the country unique or lucrative when compared to the national average. When looking at the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available by state using the USDL location quotient, some interesting results are seen. Perhaps unexpectedly, the following states show the highest concentration and number of pharmacist jobs per capita:
– Rhode Island
– West Virginia
– Montana
– South Dakota
– Arkansas
The results indicate that, although perhaps the number of total jobs are higher in the more populated states and regions of the country, the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available are greater in the less populous states. So the conclusion can be made by some that perhaps pharmacists are “more in demand” and jobs more obtainable in these areas and states.

Comparing Pharmacist Salaries by State

Also of interest to many is comparing the average hourly wages for a pharmacist in these different states and geographical areas and regions of the nation. From the USDL statistics one can see that, excluding California, there is actually very little difference in the average hourly wages between these states:
– California: $67.16
– Texas: $60.96
– Florida: $57.55
– New York: $58.19
– Pennsylvania: $55.86
– Rhode Island: $58.12
– West Virginia: $56.93
– Montana: $53.99
– South Dakota: $55.97
– Arkansas: $56.88

Pharmacy Jobs in Retail Versus Hospital Settings

From the USDL statistics, one can perhaps get a pretty clear picture of the retail job vs. the hospital job opportunities for pharmacists over the next decade. Currently, an estimated fifty-eight percent (58%) of all pharmacists in the US work in what is considered a retail setting. Of those retail positions, approximately seven and a half percent (7.5%) work in grocery or supermarket chain stores. The USDL numbers predict that these supermarket and grocery store positions will grow by an estimated four to five percent (4-5%) over the next ten years.

The bad news is that the USDL estimates indicate that a drop in the total number of retail pharmacy jobs available will be seen over the next decade. Although it is minimal (less than 1%), retail jobs for pharmacists will be stagnant. The good news is that the number of hospital jobs will increase by well over ten percent (10%) during the next ten or so years. Some medical staffing experts predict that a thirteen to fifteen percent (13-15%) increase is not to be unexpected. Currently an estimated thirty-one percent (31%) of all pharmacy jobs are in the hospital, clinical and home health settings, but this will dramatically rise due to several factors. The continuing increase in our country’s population life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, plus the exponential increase in new medication therapies, all lead to the need of more hospital pharmacists. Additionally, as roles such as Medication Therapy Management (MTM) are expanding, so will the demand for specialized clinical pharmacists increase during the next decade.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Whatever setting or market segment that a pharmacist is looking to work in, we here at HCC can help. Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types: retail, mail-order, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer direct hire, permanent placement and temporary and part-time job solutions in almost every type of pharmacy setting that you may be looking to work in.

Let HCC do the work for you! HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the United States. Established in 1989 and owned and operated by pharmacists, we serve all 50 states and have vast experience in relocation, direct hire and permanent placement. We attribute our 28+ years of success to always placing the right pharmacist in the right job.

If you are a pharmacist looking for opportunities to switch jobs or relocate, 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.


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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
– HIV/AIDS
– 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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