Learn about the types of people who become pharmacists. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of pharmacists are White, making up 31% of the population. The next highest segments are Arab and East Asian, making up 20% and 14% respectively.


Employment Type Mix, 2019

81% of pharmacists work in full-time roles while 19% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a pharmacist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming pharmacists at a ratio of 1.22 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

68% of pharmacists are female and 32% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a pharmacist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a pharmacist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a pharmacist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.