My brother just opened this account and I just wanted to share with you what the pharmacy profession is like right now.
1) Huge saturation and lack of jobs. Pharmacy schools are opening up left, right and centre and probably wont be stopping anytime soon. Why? because the pharmacy council and the government do not care about pharmacists. Pharmacy numbers are not capped like Med/Dent/Vet. What does this mean? It means you're not going to be guaranteed a job, the market is too saturated and if you do find a job, it wont be worth much
2) Hospital/Academia? Good luck finding a job. Everyone has the idea to do this and so, again, its incredibly saturated
3) The job. Most people DO NOT think of pharmacists as professionals. They treat you like a shop keeper. You will not have much respect from customers. How is this even comparable to a dentist or doctor? Its not, at all. Someone who has a MASTERS degree is working in boots. Just think about that for a second.
4) Salary. Just above average wage. Again, not even comparable to a dentist or doctor. FYI - Dentists 30k training year, as an associate avg salary is just over 60k (NHS) after all expenses etc. Doctors start to earn more than dentists once they become consultants or GPs (takes a lot longer) unless of course the dentists become ortho/implant/endo etc specialists. You're not going to be earning anything remotely close to that as a pharmacist.
For Dental/Medical rejects, I was one myself (I wanted to study dentistry) and Im currently looking at going for graduate entry.
My dentist friends are all associates right now and they're all very happy with their salary/working hours etc. A few are looking into specialising. Although, they do say that you must enjoy the job.
My medic friends are all still training - their salary/working hours aren't great right now but it will be in the future - again though, you must enjoy the job.
Honestly if you cant get into med/dent I'd say leave healthcare 'professions' - optometry has/will have same problems due to the fact that student numbers are not regulated. Maybe Chem Eng. et al?
Prospective pharmacists or future Medical/Dental rejects Watch
- Thread Starter
- 02-07-2014 17:24
- 04-07-2014 17:35
Sums up what others have already said. I think the medical/dental students who think about applying for pharmacy as a back up REALLY need to do more research on the profession.