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Pharmacist Jobs Available in SoCal and Southern California

Pharmacist Jobs Available in SoCal and Southern California

New Pharmacy jobs and pharmacist jobs

Various pharmacist jobs and positions in Southern California are currently available and the total number of open opportunities, both full-time and part-time, has been steadily on the rise so far in 2022. Sometimes referred to as SoCal, Southern California is currently experiencing the same shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that’s being seen throughout California, and basically throughout each of the fifty states in the USA.

According to Forbes Magazine, job opportunities for all medical professionals are currently rising exponentially nationwide. Yet many medical experts view the shortage of pharmacists as the most critical and immediate concern that the US 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 California, the shortage of pharmacists in SoCal, from Los Angeles down to San Diego, has had a noticeably negative effect on the quality of healthcare that the area’s residents receive. The staffing shortage has led to reduced operating hours for many retail community pharmacies, greater 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 immunizations.

What Comprises Southern California?

Southern California, commonly shortened and referred to as SoCal by many people, is the area of California where over one-half (57%) of the entire state’s resident’s live. From Los Angeles down to San Diego, an estimated 23 million (22,680,010) people reside, versus the almost 40 million (39,538,223) people living in the entire state. This area includes not only Los Angeles (the 2nd largest city in the US with 3.9 million people) and San Diego (the 8th largest with 1.4 million), but also includes an additional fourteen cities with more than 200,000 residents and forty-eight cities of over 100,000 people each. Additionally, the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange are each in the top fifteen most populous counties in the entire nation.

Along with LA and San Diego, some other notable SoCal cities include Palm Springs, Burbank, Hollywood, San Bernardino, Riverside, Pasadena, Ventura, Irvine, Glendale, Corona, Long Beach, Inglewood, and Sacramento (the Capital City of California). The Southern California coast is also famous for its beaches, and some the most popular are Malibu, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, and Hermosa Beach.

How Many Pharmacist Jobs in Southern California are there?

California has an estimated total of over 5,600 retail pharmacies currently in operation, by far the most of any state. The most recent numbers available reveal that about one-half (or fifty percent) of these retail pharmacy operations are located in SoCal, or Southern California. As the state with the most pharmacies, California obviously has the highest total of pharmacist jobs, with an estimated total of thirty-three thousand pharmacist jobs (33,130) throughout the entire state according to the most recent numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages Report, May 2021). The report also documented that the SoCal region has the top paying metropolitan areas in the nation for Pharmacists (with an annual average salary of between $127,000 – $168,000). The steady demand for pharmacists in SoCal will only continue to increase according to a recent article published in Pharmacy Times and is due to the growing expansion of the pharmaceutical industry in SoCal, along with the rising demand in the use of prescription drugs by an “aging” community.

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 Southern California. However, a search today on the website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website in the US) lists 1,525 open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Southern California”. 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 4,217 available open job positions for Pharmacy Technicians in Southern California currently. Along with the rest of the country, SoCal 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 SoCal?

Whether you’re a Pharmacist currently living in Southern California that’s looking for a new job, or a Pharmacist planning on moving to the SoCal 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.

Additionally, here at HCC, our staffing experts are experienced regarding APh Jobs (or Advanced Practice Pharmacist Jobs), the new category of Pharmacists that the California Pharmacists Association helped to create. An APh has vastly expanded job skills, and they can perform patient assessments, order and interpret drug therapy-related tests, refer patients to other healthcare providers, and help manage patients with chronic conditions and diseases.

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 Southern California!

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Pharmacy Staffing Agency and Firm In Southern California

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 three decades in the pharmacy staffing, recruitment and placement business, HCC is acknowledged throughout the US for our ability to always correctly match the best possible potential candidates to the right job or employment opportunity, plus meet 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. HCC can help employers find capable pharmacists and pharmacy technicians anywhere in Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside and Long Beach areas.

Pharmacist Recruitment, Placement and Staffing Services

With all the various pharmacy consulting services that we provide to pharmacies in Southern California, 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 anywhere in Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside and Long Beach areas.

Pharmacist Recruitment and Permanent Placement Services

A national leader in pharmacy staffing since 1989, HCC is able to bring an employer anywhere in Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside and Long Beach areas, 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 three decades 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.

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.

Temporary & Relief Pharmacy Staffing Services

Once again, with over thirty years of experience, HCC is nationally renowned for being a “full service” pharmacy staffing agency. 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 drugstore. 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 pharmacy staffing and relief pharmacists anywhere in Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside and Long Beach areas. 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. This is especially relevant these days due to the national shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy personnel being seen across the US.

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 will suit your specialty pharmacist needs throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside, and the Long Beach areas. We cover all job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies, and 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 USA. Our large technician database allows us to place the right experienced and trained pharmacy technician to suit your needs throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, riverside and Long Beach 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.

Our experienced in-house pharmacy consultants have placed thousands of pharmacy technicians throughout the nation and are able to find you the right technician based on your pharmacy’s individual needs and the skill-sets required for the job position.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent staffing help anywhere in Southern California, including the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Riverside and Long Beach areas, 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 three decades 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:

  • Pharmacy Performance Assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance Audits, Gap Analysis and Corrective Action Planning
  • Strategic Pharmacy Business Planning
  • Pharmacy Performance and Efficiency Enhancements
  • Custom Policy and Procedure Development
  • Compliance Review
  • Licensing Services for all 50 states for application processes
  • Experienced Pharmacy Consultants with specialties in every area and niche of Pharmacy for those special projects or opportunities (including Non-sterile (795) and Sterile (797) Compounding)
  • Assisting both buyers and sellers on how best to fix, prepare, or position their pharmacy to best maximize its value

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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