There haven't been any recent threads on this, so I figured I'd start one. Any pharmacists on here?
I know pharmacists were in demand a few years ago, but I've heard that isn't the case so much anymore. And the job market is supposedly pretty saturated. Is it still a good career to go into?
How about the college work.. I know it mainly deals with Biology and Chemistry, and some Calculus. How hard is that, really? Do you have to be a math whiz?
What about applying to a 4 year Pharmacy School? Right now I'm thinking if I attempt to go this route, I'd do 2-3 years in community college and knock out the prereqs, then apply for Pharm School. I've read the competition is insane for 8 years, so most people choose a 4 year. How hard is the work and course load when you get there?
11-20-2010, 05:21 PM #1
How Hard Is It to Become a Pharmacist?
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Easy as long as you are good at math, biology, etc.
I had a friend that did it in less than 2 years. His homework was stupid **** like memorizing dosages and classes of drugs. A lot of those math problems that are written in a paragraph and he had to figure out calculations. I suck at math and some of it was even common sense for me.1k.
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I would shadow a retail pharmacist (CVS,Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.)
and you should shadow a hospital pharmacist (ask your local hospitals)
Ask the pharmacists about their jobs. Tell them to be honest. What are the Pro's/Con's, stress levels, satisfaction from their jobs, etc.
Can you see yourself in their shoes the rest of your life?
pharm tech job would be a plus, or really any job in the health care field.
What do you mean your strongest subject? Are you struggling with basic algebra?
I had to take Calc I and II. If you want to be a pharmacist you need to know how to dose drugs. You are dealing with people's lives, it's time to grow up and pay attention to what is being taught or else you probably shouldn't be in the profession.
It is hard to say how the pharmacy profession will be in a few years. It went from being just a B.S. degree making 50k a year to developing into a doctorate degree and making a 100K a year.
However, new schools are opening left and right and hiring freezes for pharmacists are now going into effect. Retail giants like CVS and Walgreens are duking it out and Rite Aid is about to go bankrupt.
If you are thinking about it just for the money, good luck.
11-20-2010, 09:16 PM #12
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I plan on applying to medical school later, however, I might not finish my pharm degree. Not sure if it is the right thing for me, but definitely do your research before you decide to apply, I know I should have.
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