Although many recent pharmacy school graduates will face an evolving profession and a competitive job market, the latest figures from the Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI) indicate that there is currently a greater demand for pharmacists than there was last year.

Supported by the Pharmacy Workforce Center and previously known as the Aggregate Demand Index, the PDI uses data from panelists involved in hiring pharmacists to provide a continuous measure of national, regional, and state-level demand for pharmacists. The 5-point scale on which the PDI estimates demand can be found on Table 1.

The most recent available data show that national pharmacist demand was 3.20 in March 2017, an increase from the demand score of 2.94 estimated in March 2016. Demand for pharmacists is particularly high among community settings (3.19), compared with institutional settings (2.70).
Regionally, the Western states saw the greatest demand (3.28) in March 2017, followed by the South (3.23) and the Midwest (3.17), while the Northeast saw the least demand for pharmacists (3.09). Notably, the demand in each region was higher in March 2017 than it was in the previous year.

Among individual states, demand for pharmacists was highest in Alaska (4.50), Texas (4.00), Mississippi (4.00), Louisiana (3.80), and Arkansas (3.75), and lowest in Montana (2.50), Rhode Island (2.50), Utah (2.50), Wyoming (2.40), and Hawaii (2.33). See Table 2 for a complete list of the March 2017 demand scores in each state.