The career outlook for pharmacists remains strong, as a significant number of baby boomers will reach retirement age every day. The US Census Bureau estimates that the number of people aged 65 and older will more than double between 2015 and 2060 and those 85 and older will more than triple in the same time period. Like healthcare in general, the aging population will have repercussions for the pharmacy field. Clinical pharmacists will be in greater demand to care for geriatric patients and partnerships between pharmacies and assisted living and long-term care facilities will become more common. Additionally, healthcare reform will result in a larger population of insured in the US which in turn increases the demand on the healthcare system.
The demand for pharmacists will continue to be healthy due to the aging population. In addition, the number and complexity of available medication regimens continues to expand, and the challenges interpreting and navigating the Medicare Part D program are no less difficult today as when it was introduced in 2006. As such, this aging demographic is turning to their pharmacist more and more for assistance with these issues.
West Coast University's School of Pharmacy answers a critical workforce need by providing a pipeline of professional pharmacists into the community.