The pharmacists of 2030 have greatly expanded their services. In addition to dispensing medicine, they also perform health counselling that contributes to the overall well-being of their patients.
Pharmacists will gain importance as they collaborate with community healthcare providers to ensure a healthy population.
As Canada’s population continues to age, pharmacists will find that much of their business and responsibility focuses on taking care of the elderly. These people might have reduced mobility, being more unable to come into the pharmacy to pick up their medications. Pharmacists will need to use different tools to reach out to their patients in order to meet their needs. This might mean leaving the pharmacy behind to perform a portion of their tasks on-site, in hospices or nursing homes.
Pharmacists may spend less time dispensing medicine thanks to advances in technology. Pharmacists will gain importance as they collaborate with community healthcare providers to ensure a healthy population.
Job Requirements / Skills
Pharmacists will still need to pursue an advanced degree that ensures that they have the training and credentials to handle medications. However, they may also benefit from other medical disciplines such as nursing, so that they can work easily within patient care teams. Pharmacists who are based in the community, whether in independent drug stores or as part of a bigger brand name chains like Shoppers Drug Mart, will need to have the business skills to ensure that their pharmacies—and the storefronts where they’re located—are profitable.