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50% unemployed grads per year. Am I reading these number wrong? Job outlook vs number of new grads

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by GravityBeetle, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. GravityBeetle

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    According to BLS, looking at "employment change", there will be 17,400 new jobs over the next 10 years (2016 to 2026). So assuming linear growth there are 1740 new jobs per year.

    According to many sources, schools are churning out 15,000 new grads annually.

    So 15,000 new grads competing for 1740 positions per year. That leaves 13,260 (the difference) with no job??? I know I left out the number of pharmacists retiring per year but highly doubt it's anywhere close to 13,260.
     
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  3. DOOM N GLOOM

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    And people wonder why there are so many doom and gloom posters on this forum. This isn’t a conspiracy theory that the profession is doomed — numbers don’t lie.
     
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  4. Dolfina

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    It's even worse because the vast majority of those positions will be filled by existing work force members whos positions are removed. BLS doesn't predict what will happen with existing jobs accurately, just the number of open spots
     
  5. DOOM N GLOOM

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    Plus the grads 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+ years out who couldn’t secure a job right after graduation.

    Imagine taking an integral of all the unemployed pharmacists from this past year to the beginning of time. My head hurts now.
     
  6. stoichiometrist

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    A lot of older pharmacists are being forced out and replaced with desperate new grads with $200k+ in loans who have resigned to working themselves to death for lower pay and worse benefits.
     
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  7. GravityBeetle

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    Okay I couldn't find any statistics on how many pharmacists retire per year, but lots of news stories report 10,000 baby boomers retire everyday. So that's 3,650,000 people retiring per year. US population is 325 million. Employment rate according to BLS is 60%, so there are currently 195 million employed people in the US. Thus 1.8% of the US workforce retires per year. BLS reports a total 312,500 pharmacist jobs in 2016. Now let's assume that pharmacists retiring per year reflects the national average, thus there were approximately 5625 pharmacists who retired in 2016 (1.8% of 312,500).

    Now let's assume there will be 5625 pharmacists retiring every year for the next 10 years (the actual number may increase marginally every year but not by much). So 1740 new jobs per year (according to BLS) + 5625 retiring per year = 7365 positions opening up per year. Therefore there's going to be 15,000 new grads competing for 7365 positions per year for the next 10 years. That leaves 7,635 unemployed grads every year. That's 50.9% unemployment rate for each graduating class and this is NOT taking into account people who could only find part-time positions. WTF!?!? Someone find a flaw in my calculations because this can't be true.

    EDIT: I shouldn't have calculated retirement rate out of total US population. Fixed it so it's calculated from current labor force.
     
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  8. BigBoss

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    You’re assuming 3500 RPhs are retiring per year but the actual number varies. If anything I would say that baby boomer RPhs are more reluctant to retire.


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  9. DOOM N GLOOM

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    Subtract the 5000+ grads that do residencies, fellowships or other graduate programs after their PharmD.
     
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    But by that logic you'd have the previous year's residents entering the work force to negate that

    Either way, not great job security
     
  11. Timbo

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    Strange but US News only report a 2% unemployment rate for pharmacists. But that doesn't fall in line with what the other numbers tell us. Is the 15,000 a pretty good approximation of the number of new grads per year?
     
  12. DOOM N GLOOM

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    I guess the long way to calculate this would be as follows:

    For 2018, oversupply of pharmacists = 15,000 new grads - 5000 postdoc program participants - 1740 new jobs - # of retiring pharmacists + number of pharmacist roles eliminated due to mergers/restructuring + (# of 2017 postdoc training grads + # of 2016 postdoc training grads + # of 2015 postdoc training grads etc...) - (# of 2017 postdoc training grads lost to attrition/career changes + # of 2016 postdoc training grads lost to attrition/career changes + # of 2015 postdoc training grads lost to attrition/career changes etc...) + (oversupply of pharmacists in 2017 + oversupply of pharmacists in 2016 + oversupply of pharmacists in 2015 etc...).

    I think that makes sense? Can’t believe I wasted 10 minutes typing this out... Gives me a headache regardless of what the true calculation is lol.
     
  13. Dolfina

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    Unemployment rates do not take into account people working in fields outside pharmacy or in person diem/part time positions. Based on class size of over 150 schools, I'd say that's accurate

    Lol @DOOM N GLOOM, good thought process. No need to try and calculate,I think the idea is pretty clear
     
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    Have you looks at the Pharmacist Demand Index? It's a much better gauge than BLS.
     
  15. GravityBeetle

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    How so? Not sure of the specific methods but seems like PDI is based solely on surveys submitted by pharmacist hiring managers. Obviously that leads very biased results. Even then PDI shows a steady decrease in demand compared to supply with a sharp drop in 2017. Also PDI does not have projection data for the future
     
  16. DOOM N GLOOM

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    Anyone on this forum fill out surveys for PDI? Q3 results should be released soon, right?
     

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