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 53% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 1.2% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $61.58 hourly

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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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James Harris says
Artificial Intelligence is quickly improving, so the rate at which computers make errors will eventually significantly decline. The only relevance Pharmacists will have in the near future is to regulate how A.I. interfaces with human beings, where as it pertains to Quality Assurance for the Optimization of Medication Therapies.
Oct 04, 2020 at 02:37 AM
Ahmad (Highly likely) says
Because this job is not complicated and can easily be replaced with robots!
Oct 01, 2020 at 07:52 AM
PromethazineDM says
I work as a inpatient pharmacist in a huge learning hospital and I don't think it will be easily replaced. The amount of mistakes I caught are astonishing even when order sets are built.

I can see the rise of remote verification from lower cost of living states pharmacists though.
Aug 11, 2020 at 04:14 AM
James Harris says
Artificial Intelligence is quickly improving, so the rate of error will eventually decline. The only relevance Pharmacists will have in the near future is to regulate how A.I. interfaces with human beings as it relate Medication Review Consultations
Oct 04, 2020 at 02:33 AM
lad 2 (Highly likely) says
I think only the scientists pharmacists will survive
Jul 29, 2020 at 08:48 PM
Robert (Highly likely) says
The clinical side of pharmacy will be replaced by AI in the next 10 years. I have seen what some big pharmacy/drug giants are working on and it’s really impressive.
Jul 21, 2020 at 12:22 AM
B (Could go either way) says
Kinda worried. Some robots are already doing machine learning and gathering data about drugs and specifics. On the other hand, it's still up to a conscious mind to decide which therapy is best of a patient.
Apr 27, 2020 at 07:56 AM
asdad (Highly likely) says
Its kinda same with cashiers you can find all medical drugs on internet and what they do
Feb 07, 2020 at 11:06 PM
M (No chance) says
How do you compare pharmacists to cashiers?
To be a pharmacist you have to study alot and take alot of training
But being a cashier does not require any studying or training
Aug 31, 2020 at 08:05 PM
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
Bill Williams says
No she is not, the majority of the tasks currently being done by Pharmacists can be automated.
The Clinical Aspects, Artificial Intelligence will soon take this over, the only Pharmacists that will survive are Informatics Pharmacists
Aug 16, 2020 at 01:34 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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