Numerous pharmacist jobs and positions in the US Midwestern States are currently available and the total number of open opportunities, both full-time and part-time, has been steadily on the rise thus far this year. Sometimes referred to as the Midwest or the American Midwest, the twelve states that comprise the US Midwestern States are experiencing the same shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that’s currently being seen throughout each of the fifty states in the nation.
According to Forbes Magazine, job opportunities for all medical professionals are rising exponentially nationwide. The majority of medical experts view the shortage of pharmacists as the most critical and immediate concern that our nation’s Healthcare System is currently facing. Being the most accessible health care worker available to the general public, the pharmacist usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for a patient engaging with the US healthcare system. In fact, over ninety percent of all Americans reportedly live within five miles of a retail community pharmacy. Especially true in many rural areas of the Midwestern States, the current shortage of pharmacists in the Midwest, include such large metropolitan cites such as Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City and Cleveland, has had a noticeably negative effect on the quality of healthcare that the area’s residents are currently receiving. The staffing shortage has led to reduced operating hours for many retail community drugstores and pharmacies, longer prescription dispensing waiting times, decreased customer satisfaction with the pharmacy’s operation, plus the turning away of some patients who were seeking to get COVID vaccinations.
What Comprises The US Midwestern States?
Commonly referred to as the Midwest or the American Midwest, the twelve states that comprise the US Midwestern States are:
– North Dakota
– South Dakota
From Motown Detroit to The Windy City of Chicago, an estimated 70 million (68,995,685) people reside in the US Midwest. With nearly 330 million residents living in the entire nation, that equates to roughly one-fifth or 21.2% living in the American Midwestern states.. This area includes not only Chicago (the 4th largest city in the US with almost 2.79 million people), but numerous other large cities and metropolitan areas that include (listed in order by population):
– Columbus OH
– Indianapolis IN
– Detroit MI
– Milwaukee WI
– Kansas City KS
– Omaha NE
– Minneapolis MN
– Wichita KS
– Cleveland OH
– St. Paul MN
– St. Louis MO
– Cincinnati OH
The Midwest region is balanced economically between heavy industry and agriculture, with large sections of this area making up the US Corn Belt. Recently finance and services such as medicine and education have become increasingly important to the area.
How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Midwest are there?
With the average state having 1,184 retail pharmacies, the twelve states comprising the US Midwest have more than 14,208 combined retail community drugstores and retail pharmacy chain stores. There’s an estimated total of over 65,000 retail pharmacist jobs and positions when looking at the region as a whole.
There are no “official and up-to-date” estimates that could be found for the total number of open positions available today for pharmacists in the Midwest. However, a search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website in the US) lists 3,373 open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist US Midwest”. These open pharmacist job positions are in all types of pharmacy settings, including retail community pharmacies, chain store and grocery pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy operations).
What’s also interesting to note from performing several Indeed searches, is that there are also 10,557 currently available open jobs for Pharmacy Technicians in the Midwest USA. Along with the rest of the country, the Midwest has been hit hard by the pharmacy staffing shortage in the area of Pharmacy Techs. What the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 2021 economic health report revealed was that 68% of independent pharmacies reported having a difficult time filling Pharmacist staffing positions, but a staggering 88% reported that pharmacy technicians are the most difficult pharmacy job position to currently fill. Many workforce experts agree that pharmacy technicians were perhaps among the jobs most affected by the COVID pandemic regarding the area of “employee burnout” and many simply left the workforce feeling underpaid, overworked and stressed out to go work in different job fields.
Are you a Pharmacist looking for a Job in the Midwest?
Whether you’re a Pharmacist currently living in the Midwest that’s looking for a new job, or a Pharmacist planning on moving to the American Midwest area in the immediate or near future and are currently in the “planning phase”, we strongly urge you to contact us here at Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing (HCC) today. HCC is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technician candidates to the right job and employer in all fifty states since 1989. Pharmacy staffing and Pharmacist placement have been our primary business now for over three decades.
Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist registered pharmacists to find a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Call us at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and a pharmacy staffing expert will get right back to you to discuss which potential job opportunities best match your skills, needs, and lifestyle requirements. Rest assured that Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a part of your team, helping you find the RIGHT Pharmacist job in the American Midwest!