Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR)

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The Pharmacy Workforce Center, a nonprofit corporation comprised of nine national pharmacy professional organizations, financed the Pharmacy Aggregate Demand Index (ADI) and the Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI).  The ADI (which began in 1999) and the PDI (which was transitioned from the ADI in 2016) collected and disseminated data on the demand for pharmacists in the United States utilizing a panel of pharmacist employers.  In January 2019, the PDI was temporarily suspended due to inconsistency in the number of panelists participating in the survey, leading to the inability to report results on a state level.

The Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR) was developed by the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC) in 2020 to provide a measurement of pharmacist demand in the United States.  This information is intended to be utilized by the pharmacy profession and other stakeholders to assess and follow the trends for various career opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on an individual state, region, and metropolitan area level.  The PDR will be available each quarter, beginning September 2020.


Pharmacy Demand Report Revisions

2021: A change has been implemented in the generation of the pharmacist data contained in the Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR).  When the PDR was initiated in 2020, all pharmacist postings were generated with a filter requiring “Pharmacist License” to be included. During a review of the 2021 PDR, it was discovered that the Pharmacist License filter did not include many pharmacist postings in a variety of categories where the need for a pharmacist license is assumed (e.g., Retail Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist). The decision was made to rerun all the available PDR data without the Pharmacist License filter.  All the PDR data is updated and should more accurately reflect the number of postings across all pharmacist categories.

2023: In Fall 2023, the software that the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC) uses to generate the Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR) changed from the Emsi-Burning Glass Labor Insight tool to the Lightcast (formerly Emsi-Burning Glass) Developer tool. With a more robust system, the Lightcast Developer will deliver more accurate quarterly job posting data. To account for this change in data sourcing, the PWC has updated the job posting numbers for 2022 and 2023 for more accurate comparisons.






Please direct any inquiries regarding the PDR to Tom Maggio, PWC Secretary/Treasurer.

If you are interested in receiving an email when the latest PDR is released, please fill out the contact form below:

PDR Contact Form