The number of people working as Pharmacists (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 25,500 in 2018 to 27,400 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).
- Size: This is a large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Pharmacists work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Manufacturing.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,862 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 62% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers in regional areas found it hard to fill vacancies for Hospital and Retail Pharmacists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Hospital and Retail Pharmacists.