Pharmacy by the numbers

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Profession’s numbers continue to soar

There are now 29,717 registered pharmacists, according to the latest statistics from the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

An ever increasing percentage of the profession are female – now up to 61.4% of all pharmacists, according to the June 2016 figures.

In June 2015 there were 29,014 pharmacists, of whom 60.72% were female.

In March 2012, the earliest statistics currently listed on the Board website there were 26,434 pharmacists, of whom 57.29% were female.

From the latest figures, 1035 pharmacists were non-practising, another seven were undergoing postgraduate training or supervised practice, and 1727 were provisional registrations.

The remaining 26,948 had general registrations.

Around 8500 pharmacists were aged under 30 years, while around 900 were over 70 years of age.

The highest percentage of female pharmacists per state or territory was in the ACT (65.3%) while the lowest was in Tasmania (57.6%).

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