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Of the estimated 200 million migrants that work in countries and cities around the world, a significant number are employed within the healthcare industry. Despite this, many countries are still experiencing a chronic shortage of healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Pharmacists, in particular, are a much sought after profession. The shortage is so severe that in some countries both governments and healthcare facilities are offering attractive packages to try and fill these long-term vacancies. Although these shortages traditionally affected developing countries who found it difficult to keep their graduates at home, the reality today is that both developed and developing countries are equally suffering.

On the other hand, this situation also creates excellent career opportunities for established and experienced pharmacists that are considering a move abroad. With numerous countries and options available, we look at the top five countries for pharmacists to work; they offer the most attractive packages for qualified pharmacists.

1. The United States of America

According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), demand for pharmacists in the United States is set to continue until 2018 and possibly beyond. The ongoing shortfall of pharmacists in America has been caused by the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, an aging population, and increasing numbers of pharmacists that are opting to work part-time. The AACP predicts that by 2020, there will be a shortfall of 157,000 pharmacists throughout the country.

The introduction of the Affordable Care Act will result in a greater number of people requiring healthcare services, including pharmaceutical care. Pharmacists, therefore, are set to play an increasingly important role in the provision of healthcare in America going forward. As pharmacists are a profession in demand, salaries have risen considerably in recent years with annual remuneration now in the region of US$ 116,000 to US$ 140,000.

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