Medical advances have heightened the need for pharmacists to ensure that patients are taking their medications safely
(PRWEB) January 14, 2013
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its jobs report last week, reflecting continued growth in the health care sector. The report showed that 45,000 health care jobs were added to the economy in December. These hiring trends correspond with employment data for pharmaceutical professionals on PharmaceuticalCrossing.com.
In its latest jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed steady growth in the health care sector, with 45,000 jobs added in December. Although total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000, it was not enough to bring down the unemployment rate, which held steady at 7.8 percent. One of the consistent bright spots in employment has been in the health industry, where jobs gains were strong throughout the past year. In 2012, a total of 338,000 health care jobs were added to the economy.
The December BLS figures showing continued growth in the health industry mirror hiring trends on PharmaceuticalCrossing.com, a leading job site for pharmaceutical professionals.
PharmaceuticalCrossing has seen increased job openings for pharmacists, corresponding with strong demand for health care services. As of January 10, the site listed 18,419 openings for pharmacists. Demand has been considerable for managerial-level positions, with the site currently listing 2,457 positions for pharmacy manager jobs and 1,512 jobs for pharmacy directors.
Some of the demand can be attributed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as hospitals prepare to implement the medication-use aspects of the health care law. This includes greater patient and prescription coverage. As millions of Americans are added into the health care system, hospitals and health care facilities must address staffing concerns to ensure they can meet the increased demand for medical and pharmaceutical services.
The United States is also experiencing a demographic shift as the baby boomer generation hits retirement. By and large, older adults need more health care resources and take more medications than younger people. As the population continues to age, more adults will rely on prescription drugs – and the expertise of pharmacists to prescribe and monitor use of those drugs. With life expectancy rates in the U.S. higher than ever, demand for health care professionals will continue to be strong into the foreseeable future.
All of this is coupled with the fact that safe usage of prescription drugs has become an increasingly complicated matter, particularly when multiple medications are being taken at the same time. Medical advances have heightened the need for pharmacists to ensure that patients are taking their medications safely.