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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.

Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC's Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.

This occupation (Pharmacists) is part of a larger occupational group called Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists (NOC 313).

Occupations in this group Pharmacists (3131) Dietitians and Nutritionists (3132)
Employment (non-student) in 2010 33,288
Median Age of workers in 2010 42
Average Retirement Age in 2010 61

Occupation Projection for Canada

Over the 2006-2008 period, this occupation saw a drop in employment. However, it must be noted that employment in this occupation has been on the rise since the start of the 1990s. The unemployment rate increased very slightly, but remained quite low (1% in 2008). The average hourly wage was also on the rise over the 2006-2008 period, and is the highest among all the health occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill job openings in this occupation.

Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are greater than the projected job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility), while an occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected job seekers are greater than the projected job openings. For Pharmacists, Dietitians And Nutritionists, over the period of 2011-2020, job openings are expected to total 13,093. It is expected that 15,097 job seekers will be available to fill these job openings.

Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced, it is expected that the number of job seekers will remain sufficient to fill job openings over the 2009-2018 period. Job openings will arise from both expansion demand and replacements due to retirement. The number of job openings resulting from economic growth (expansion demand) will be equivalent over the project period to the number of openings over the 1999-2008 period. Growth due to expansion demand will be the lowest in relation to all health occupations. Nearly half of all job openings will arise from retirements. Pharmacists, dieticians and nutritionists are older than the occupational average, but they retire later, meaning that the retirement rate in this occupation is on par with the average. In terms of supply, the vast majority of job seekers will come from the school system, given the specialization needed to practise this occupation.

This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables
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Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Openings %
Expansion Demand 4,414 34%
Retirements 6,558 50%
Deaths 1,365 10%
Emigration 756 6%
Projected Job Openings 13,093 100%


Table of job seeker projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Seekers %
School Leavers 12,387 21%
Immigration 1,902 4%
Net Mobility 808 75%
Projected Job Seekers 15,097 100%



What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?

The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.

According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 80% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

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What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?

The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.

According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 56% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
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