Pharmacy #2 on LinkedIn List of Most Promising Jobs in 2017:
Recently HCC shared that according to the most recent Gallup Poll Pharmacists once again ranked at the very top of Most Trusted Professionals in regards to both ethics and honesty. Now according to a recent LinkedIn post pertaining to the Most Promising Jobs in 2017, LinkedIn revealed that it’s data has proven that the Pharmacy profession is the number two ranked most lucrative job field to be in. It was clear that the Most Promising Jobs in 2017 on the LinkedIn list were in Healthcare, Finance and High-tech industries, but a major surprise was that some jobs that paid higher salaries were far below Pharmacy on the list. Good examples were Medical Directors (median annual salary of $230,000) and Anaesthetist (median annual salary of $156,000). The median annual salary of Pharmacists was listed as $123,000. The conclusion that can be drawn is that salary alone does NOT in itself make a profession or job “promising” these days. So what exactly does?
This is the first time that LinkedIn has revealed such findings. It was noted that the list was primarily based on a profession’s median salary, year over year increases in job openings and industry growth, plus on an individual’s potential for career advancement opportunities. Some of the actual criteria looked at included:
– Salaries across US geographical areas
– Number of job openings
– Opportunity for career advancement
– Potential for increased skill improvements
– Increased specialization in the profession
– Yearly growth of new jobs
– Education requirements to work in a particular profession
This is just a partial list of the factors taken into consideration, but the results support the fact that according to LinkedIn, Pharmacy stood out as being noted the 2nd Most Promising Profession of 2017 across the nation.
Top Pharmacist Skills In Demand
It is also interesting to note that the LinkedIn data revealed that top skills in the Pharmacy profession that were in demand included:
1. Medication and Drug Utilization Management
2. Community Pharmacist Skills (both independent and chain-store Pharmacy roles)
3. Patient Counseling and Education Experience
4. Patient Immunization Skills
5. Pharmacy Automation Experience and Experience
It was noted that this particular data was actually taken from LinkedIn members individual profiles (and then compared to the actual Pharmacy business profiles).
What This Means To Us As Pharmacists
According to Daniel Shapero at LinkedIn, “job hopping has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, and is only accelerating. Based on our research, we know that the top reasons people change jobs is to pursue a stronger career path, make more money or access more opportunities within their organization. Finding a job you love with one or more of these components can feel like a challenge.”
So if any of these reasons to explore new Pharmacy opportunities appeals to you, here are some suggestions that you may want to consider trying (note that we had published these tips in an older post, but they are worth taking a new look at!):
1. Attend a CE Class – Many of us do our CE online or from a Pharmacy publication. Consider attending a CE class and meeting some new people or spending time with old friends. The social aspect of attending may stimulate you to consider adding new skills or answer any questions about a particular job setting. If not a CE class, perhaps a business class or another area of interest may do the trick for you.
2. Attend a Conference – There are numerous national, state and local conferences always going on. Meet some new people while learning about new opportunities and skills. Many Pharmacists find that they can get both a vacation (maybe with your family also going?) and get great information by attending.
3. Network with Local Pharmacists – Find pharmacists in your area who are willing to get together once a month or quarterly. Maybe it’s as simple as a regularly scheduled get together for dinner or drinks. Find some like-minded professionals interested in learning more about the industry, and take time to listen to their advice and experiences. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from others.
4. Read – Sometimes it can be as simple as just reading! Learn about areas of Pharmacy that may interest you or perhaps find a “self help” book to get stimulated to take some positive action. Whatever you personally find interesting, there’s a book, blog, forum or article out there for you read.
5. Talk It Out – Before making any major decisions, take the time to discuss your options with a close friend or family member. Lunch or dinner with a peer can never hurt. Perhaps choose a trusted adviser in another Pharmacy role and find out their views regarding the pros and cons regarding their job and employer. It never hurts to hear it directly “from the horses mouth”.
6. Try it out if you can – If you are perhaps considering changing from your current Pharmacy job to another, maybe look into picking up a shift in a similar setting. Considering switching from Retail Pharmacy to Hospital Pharmacy? See if you can pick up a shift in a local Hospital Pharmacy and “test drive” the job before you switch.
If you are considering a Pharmacy job change, remember that whatever setting a pharmacist is looking to work in, HCC can help you! Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types and specialties: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 27 years. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing deals with all aspects of matching pharmacists to jobs in every type of 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. We offer solutions for almost every type of pharmacy job you may be looking for:
– 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 pharmacist looking for a new position (or simply looking for part time opportunities to earn more cash), we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.