October 2011

Beyond the Retail Pharmacy Career

While retail pharmacy is a common career choice for those interested in the pharmaceutical industry, there are plenty of other options.

n 2009, U.S. News & World Report revealed that the occupation of pharmacist was one of the best careers. Although filling prescriptions is considered the primary role of retail pharmacists, they are spending more time teaching patients how to manage their conditions or take their medications.

For instance, pharmacists are teaching diabetics how to properly inject insulin or teaching patients with hypertension how to take and monitor their blood pressure. They are also tasked with the important watchdog action of making sure a patient isn't being subject to a drug interaction when his doctor (or multiple doctors) has prescribed multiple medications.

Healthcare Jobs are Predicted to Skyrocket

Healthcare professionals will see a rise in many specific jobs within the industry.

Expected healthcare integration as a result of healthcare reform changes is the basis for expected gains in healthcare jobs, says a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center Health Professional Workforce Initiative. What isn't known to date, is the exact mix of healthcare positions needed to fuel the demands, but some predictions exist.

Health Care Job Growth in September

According to recent information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one out of every four new jobs are in health care. In particular, hospitals saw an increase of over 13,000 new jobs during the month of September, up from the over 7,000 and 11,000 new jobs seen in August and July, respectively. This is good news considering that hospitals saw a decrease of 1,900 jobs in July.

What's more, during the nine months ending September 30, 2011, 258,000 jobs were created in the health care sector of the economy. It's important to note that this 2011 nine month health care job growth compares favorably to the 263,400 job increase seen in the entire year of 2010. Ambulatory services were won of the big gainers within the health care industry, gaining 26,000 jobs in September. If the pace of 2011 growth keeps up, the health care sector is likely to create nearly 344,000 new jobs by the time the ball drops on New Years Eve.