Pharmacist recruiter personnel in hospitals and companies which employ pharmacists in the retail sector are finding the going hard at this point in time. With a population growing ever older by average, and a constant need for drug therapies and medical attention, the profession has a great demand for pharmacists. The problem is that, with the need for a high level of education and the qualification to prove it, the numbers of pharmacists coming through the system is not nearly enough to satisfy this demand.
The traditional places of employment for a pharmacist are the retail stores and the hospitals. Retail pharmacists are still a common and much needed institution in all Western societies, as they dispense the medicines which are prescribed by doctors, often on a regular basis. There are many cases where a drug treatment continues unaltered over many years, and these cases are a regular source of revenue and profit for the pharmacist. There are still many small pharmacies owned as independent businesses, although many have been bought by chains and linked to others in the same group. These chains need to employ qualified pharmacists in each of their stores, and there is always a shortage of personnel.
The pharmacist recruiters need to be able to put enough staff into each store to allow it to function properly with only short queues even at busy times and always with enough attention given to each customer. As well as recruiting pharmacists, these stores need to have enough technicians and assistants to take the routine work away from the pharmacist. In the modern retail pharmacy, it is not uncommon for technicians to even take on the role of advisor to patients, although this must always be done with the realization that assistants will need to be supervised and the advice looked over by the pharmacist to make sure it is accurate.
A pharmacist recruiter can also be needed in a hospital, especially a large city hospital which has many patients. The pharmacist is becoming an increasingly important role in these establishments, as doctors seek to hand over the job of managing and maintaining the drug programs which they have prescribed. Long term patients often need more monitoring than they have sometimes been given, and this is far more likely to happen with the assistance of a pharmacist. The pharmacist can give advice as to how the treatment should be best administered, and can watch for any changes in the patient which may be a signal that the treatment needs to be altered.
A hospital recruiter should also give careful thought to hiring technicians and assistants to help out any pharmacists which are already finding the workload hard to manage. Even though there are going to be emergency cases to deal with in a hospital, and incidents where drug treatments have a completely unforeseen effect, there are still plenty of routine cases which can be delegated. In any case, much of the routine administration work can be carried out by assistants.
The pharmacist recruiter is in a disadvantaged position compared with many recruiters in the business world, as it is simply not possible to employ someone if they do not have the qualifications which the law says they must have. From the point of view of the would be pharmacist, this can create a situation of advantage once you have completed your studies and become qualified. You can make your case even more appealing to the recruiters by taking a placement as a technician and working under an established pharmacist, while you complete your studies. You will then have experience and a work record to show your pharmacist recruiter.