The Tampa Bay area located on the west coast of Florida is a great place to live and work for registered pharmacists. R. PH’s are currently in demand throughout the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metropolitan areas. Jobs and positions for registered pharmacists who are licensed to practice in Florida have been on the rise based on the economic growth seen throughout the entire west coast of Florida over the past several decades. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has made the demand and need for pharmacists in the Tampa Metropolitan area even greater than it’s ever been before. In fact just yesterday the Tampa Bay Times reported the following case increases and totals by counties in the area:
– Pinellas County added 10 new cases, bringing the total number of documented cases up to 687.
– Hillsborough County added 7 new cases, now totaling 1,048.
– Pasco County case totals are up to a total of 232.
– Hernando County totals equal 88 documented cases of COVID-19.
– Manatee County still has the most deaths in the region, holding steady at 43. Its caseload increased by 11, bringing total positive cases up to 508.
– Citrus County added 2 new positive cases, bringing Citrus County’s total up to 97.
– Polk County added 10 new cases, bringing its total cases up to 410.
The US Census Bureau defines the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metropolitan area to include Pinellas, Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, but additionally many media experts also include Sarasota, Polk, Citrus and Manatee counties when it comes to this thriving area of the west coast of Florida. The Tampa metropolitan area has a population of over 3 million residents and it currently ranks as the second largest metropolitan area in Florida.
What does this mean for Florida Registered Pharmacists?
It is estimated that almost 25% or one quarter of the almost 4,000 pharmacies currently operating in the State of Florida are located in the Tampa metropolitan area and its various surrounding cities and communities. Registered pharmacist jobs and positions are on the rise in this area located on Florida’s Gulf Coast due to the tremendous growth explosion that Tampa is experiencing. Over the past five years Tampa’s population has actually increased by almost 7%. Described by Best Places To Live as perhaps the “most balanced” Florida city, Tampa is famous for its sports teams (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB and the Tampa Lightning in the NHL), fishing, golf, beautiful beaches, and an exciting and diverse nightlife scene.
Employment opportunities and jobs in the Tampa Metropolitan area include the major cities such as Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Bradenton. However, there are numerous smaller surrounding cities searching for qualified pharmacists, such as Largo, Brandon, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, Seminole, Seffner, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Citrus Park, Hernando Beach, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island and New Port Richey to name just a few.
How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Tampa Area are there?
There are estimated to be a total of over 20,500 jobs for pharmacists in the entire State of Florida according to the latest available numbers released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (in their 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Report). Of these, estimates vary, but roughly there are around two-thousand jobs for pharmacists in the area. A search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website in the US) lists 78 open job positions for pharmacists available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Tampa Florida“. These open job positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. They include traditional retail community drug stores, retail chain pharmacies, hospital pharmacies (the Tampa Metro area actually has over 50 hospitals), institutional pharmacies, medical clinics and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, cancer pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies). Jobs for pharmacists are also found in the Tampa metropolitan area working for high-tech companies (Tampa is known as the gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor), pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical software development firms (Tampa ranks in the top 20 nationwide for medical device manufacturing). Although this may perhaps change in years to come due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available.
Are you a Registered Pharmacist looking for a new career or job opportunity in the Tampa, Florida area?
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