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Guys! Unless you are certain, and I mean certain you want to become a pharmacist, don't do it! Pharmacy is saturated in the U.S. Look at the BLS statistics! There is an increase of pharmacy schools in the U.S. This has created intense competition for pharmacy jobs! Pharmacy school is expensive too. Do your research. Look into the work conditions of retail pharmacists. Heck, become a pharmacy tech BEFORE you go to pharmacy school. You might hate working at the pharmacy at CVS. Heck, my state had to pass a law that says that pharmacy employees must be able to have a LUNCH break if they work over 6 hours, use the RESTROOM every four hours and that pharmacist could not work more than 12 hours. I know that pharmacists don't HAVE to work in retail, but industry and hospital positions are competitive. Most of the jobs are in retail. Know what you are getting into before you take out 150K in student loans.
Stop! Before you go to pharmacy school read this.
From the BLS
The number of pharmacy schools has grown in recent years, creating more pharmacy school graduates and therefore more competition for jobs. Students who choose to complete a residency program gain additional
experience that may improve their job prospects. Certification from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties or as a Certified Diabetes Educator also may be viewed favorably by employers.
Become a pharmacy tech first to see if you REALLY want to do it. Most jobs are in retail still, so you should figure out if you like that environment.
Are you asking what you should major in? It honestly doesn't matter, as long as you are meeting the prerequisites for pharmacy school admission. Most people major in chemistry or biology, but you definitely do not have to. Just make sure you are taking the general requirements of the schools that you want to get in to, and if those fit into your major, great! If not, just fit them in your schedule with your other classes.
By hearing your story I can relate myself too,,,,, I am still undecided what career should I pursue, however you did not mention what makes you decide to pursue a pharmacy as your career choice. It would be helpful if you elaborate on this. If you do not mind can you please share which pharmacy school you are attending. Thanks
Unless you are positive you want to be a pharmacist, stay away.
Look into Medical Laboratory Scientist instead.
Pharmacy is saturated in the U.S.
Unless you are positive you want to do it, stay away.
Hello Allysa: Like you, I am 27 years old. I got my bachelor's degree in Economics about 3yrs ago. Recently, I decided to go to pharmacy school, so I am taking my prerequisites. I will probably get into pharmacy school when I am about 29. However, I am married, and I have 2 kids. I agree with you that age doesn't matter because in the long run, it will worth. All the same, I am happy to hear your story. Congratulations. I wish you the best in your journey.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.