Pharmacy Professionals’ Status in Kentucky
Kentucky Innovation & Enterprise Conference
Pharmacists, professional degree in pharmacy, statistical need for pharmacists in Kentucky
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2002 to 2012, the number of degrees granted in pharmacy will not keep pace with the number of job openings created by employment growth and attrition. Demand for pharmacists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012. This national trend translates locally to the Kentuckiana region. Kentucky Occupational Employment Statistics indicate that for 2002 to 2012, the total annual pharmacy job openings (including both growth and separations) are expected to be 400. The total estimated current employment of pharmacists in Kentucky is 3,754. According to a November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimate, the median salary for Pharmacists in Kentucky is $84,060. According to the Pharmacy Manpower Project's Aggregate Demand Index by state, both Kentucky's demand index of 4.56 and Indiana's index of 4.25 indicate a relatively high demand for pharmacists with significant difficulty filling open positions. From July 2008 Sullivan University College of Pharmacy will be starting classes from 65 students and this will partially address the needs of the Kentucky state for Pharmacists. It is expected that the majority of the students will be from Kentucky state and more representation will be given to rural Kentucky areas.
Tran, Hieu T.; Facione, F. P.; Daugherty, Kimberly K.; Pathak, Yashwant V.; Soja, Walter D.; Ansong, Miriam A.; Clark, D. B.; Cleary, D. B.; Coronel, M. L.; Hughes, Carolyn F.; Koomer, Ajoy; Preuss, Charles; Stephens, E. A.; Wessel, H. L.; and Yendapally, R., "Pharmacy Professionals’ Status in Kentucky" (2008). Pharmacy Practice Faculty Presentations. 683.