Employment trends for doctor of pharmacy graduates of research-intensive institutions, 2013-2017

Katherine A. Kelley, Burgunda V. Sweet, Kristin K. Janke, Kimberly S. Plake, Gary C. Yee

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Objective. To determine the current state of employment for doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates based on 5-year trends among graduates of research-intensive institutions and the Pharmacist Demand Index. Methods. Data from a cross-sectional survey of PharmD graduates from 10 research-intensive colleges of pharmacy conducted over a 5-year period were used to generate an overview of graduating students’ experiences and the outcomes of their job searches. Results. The average response rate of graduates of programs over the 5 years was 75.4%. Overall, 86% of graduates had postgraduate placements (ie, jobs, residencies, fellowships, further education) at the time of graduation. Across all years, 85% of respondents who had placements indicated they were satisfied with the postgraduation offer they received. Conclusion. An examination of postgraduate outcomes of research-intensive schools and the Pharmacist Demand Indicator over the past 5 years indicates a trend toward a balance between the supply and demand for pharmacists. Careful attention needs to be given to these two metrics moving forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6864
Pages (from-to)148-152
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Demand
  • Employment
  • Graduates
  • Placement

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