The Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC) is a coalition of nonprofit corporations whose mission is to serve the pharmacy profession and the public by actively researching, analyzing, and monitoring the size, demography, and activities of the pharmacy workforce. In the past, the PWC financed the Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI) (formerly the Aggregate Demand Index). Begun in 1999, the PDI collects and disseminates data on the demand for pharmacists in the United States using a panel of pharmacist employers. In January 2019, the PDI was temporarily suspended because of inconsistency in the number of panelists participating in the survey, which led to the inability to report results on a state level.
In September 2020, however, the PWC released a new tool that provides an enhanced measurement of pharmacist demand in the United States by using artificial intelligence technology to analyze hundreds of millions of publicly available online job postings. The Pharmacy Demand Report (PDR) was developed to replace the PDI and to provide an enhanced measurement of pharmacist demand in the United States. This information is intended to be used 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, regional, and metropolitan area level. The information contained in the PDR is generated from the Burning Glass Technologies Labor InsightTM Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Burning Glass delivers job market analytics that empower employers, workers, and educators to make data-driven decisions. The company’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of publicly available job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns.
ACCP is actively engaged in the PWC, participating in quarterly meetings of its board of directors.
The PWC Board of Directors consists of representatives of the following organizations:
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
- American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
- American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)
- National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA)
- National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
The PWC Observer organizations include:
- Health Resources & Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
- National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
For more information on the Pharmacy Workforce Center, visit www.aacp.org/resource/pharmacy-workforce-center. To access the latest Pharmacy Demand Report, visit www.aacp.org/article/2020-pharmacy-demand-report.