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Will "Pharmacists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a much higher chance of automation: a 55% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 1.2% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $61.58 hourly

People Employed


as of 2019

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How this compares with other jobs: 55 out of 707

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Job description

Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

SOC Code: 29-1051

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Panax (No chance) says
Even if there will be "Rx drugs vending machines" there will still be a need of health consultations with pharmacists which otc to choose, what problems may i have with that symptoms etc. The job will evolve in next decade or two but it won’t be dehumanized like others may say.
Feb 02, 2020 at 01:38 AM
Teddy says
Well, Dispensing is not only one job pharmacist has......
We do a ton of work!
Dec 03, 2019 at 09:13 AM
Edinson says
Do pharmacists really earn an average of 122,230 per year in the United States???
Oct 31, 2019 at 04:40 AM
Jian Yang (Likely) says
Look at Rite Aid and Central Fill. Look at Walgreens and Shared Screens. Look at Kirby Bauer Machines and other robotic methods of filling RX's. Reducing the number of techs will thereby reduce the overlap of pharmacists, and reduce the number of pharmacists in the field by necessity.
Sep 23, 2019 at 02:01 PM
Lily (Highly likely) says
I think retail pharmacists will be replaced by robots, leaving only scientist working in this field
Aug 17, 2019 at 05:53 AM
PowderBlue (Highly likely) says
Demand for pharmacology
The ingredients of each drug can be recorded
And send it to the cloud
The doctor’s experience can be stored in the cloud
The cloud is very big
Search very quickly
Jul 24, 2019 at 09:57 AM
Violet (Likely) says
They’ll find a way to replace human rPHs sooner than later
Jun 13, 2019 at 09:26 PM
Max says
you are crazy
Jan 24, 2020 at 01:28 PM
Anon (Small chance) says
AI development isn't going as fast as everyone claims here and even when the technology is ready it will still take almost a decade to be implemented to replace the jobs. Just look at the self driving trucks.
Apr 29, 2019 at 09:47 PM

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