California Hospitals Face Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians Shortage

Posted on February 10, 2011



If you’ve ever wanted to become a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in California, now might be the right time.

Due to an aging workforce, California hospitals are now saying they will face a pharmacists and pharmacy technicians shortage over the next 5 years, according to a survey recently published by the California Hospital Association.

Other healthcare professions expected to experience shortages over the next 5 years include respiratory therapists, physical therapists, radiological technicians and diagnostic imaging workers.

The culprit: Schools aren’t graduating enough trained health professionals to replace aging workers, especially in rural areas, according to the 125 hospitals across the state polled in the online survey in the first half of 2010.

Age gaps among workers in rural hospitals are also seen across the board in other healthcare professions. However, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians age gaps in rural settings seem to be the most antiquated. The data showed that the average age ranged from 36.9 years for pharmacy technician in urban hospitals to 50.5 years for CLS in rural hospitals.

“It’s clear from this survey that retirements within the allied health occupations will have a serious impact on access to care for patients if long-term strategies for replacing these workers are not developed and implemented,” said C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the association, in a statement published by Mordern Healthcare.

To read the full survey report click here.

Have you noticed a dramatic increase in your coworkers retiring? What do you think needs to be done to properly distribute pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, especially in rural areas?

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