Why do so many asians study Pharmacy?

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It seems like all asians study pharmacy, why? I don't see how being a pharmacist would be better than being a dentist or a doctor.
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Some of them may not like the hands on of being a doctor or dentist, may not like the level of responsibility etc. Also, a number of them may be students who didn't have AAA for med/dent and used pharmacy as a 5th choice.
With regards for why so many of them are asian, I dont have a clue.
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Many didn't make doctor/dentist grade
Others are keeping parents happy.
Some genuinely like it.

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I still have never met an Asian person (typically middle-eastern) who doesn't want to study engineering, a science, law, business, accounting, dentistry and medicine -.-

My friends told me it's to do with the fact that the courses are well respected and kind of brings honour to the family.
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(Original post by Ggmu!)
Many didn't make doctor/dentist grade
Others are keeping parents happy.
Some genuinely like it.

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Why would being a pharmacist keep your parents happy
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Because many are pushed by their parents to do so?
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Why would being a pharmacist keep your parents happy
Scientific degree, well known in Asian community. I hear it all the time 'xxx is doing pharmacy at xxx he/she is a clever boy/girl'

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(Original post by Ggmu!)
Scientific degree, well known in Asian community. I hear it all the time 'xxx is doing pharmacy at xxx he/she is a clever boy/girl'

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Hope this doesn't offend anyone, but you don't have to be very academically able to get into pharmacy. Every man and his dog is doing it.
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Hope this doesn't offend anyone, but you don't have to be very academically able to get into pharmacy. Every man and his dog is doing it.
I know, it's nothing special.

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I know, it's nothing special.

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So is dentistry/medicine the most well regarded degrees in the asian community?
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(Original post by alevelzzz)
So is dentistry/medicine the most well regarded degrees in the asian community?
nah. it's nothing special. Every asian and his dog is a doctor/dentist
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nah. it's nothing special. Every asian and his dog is a doctor/dentist
But medicine/dentistry requires AAA and theres ~10 applicants per place? Pretty hard
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(Original post by kkboyk)
I still have never met an Asian person (typically middle-eastern) who doesn't want to study engineering, a science, law, business, accounting, dentistry and medicine -.-

My friends told me it's to do with the fact that the courses are well respected and kind of brings honour to the family.
If they wanted to do that, why not wear white make up and a dress? Much cheaper tbh.

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(Original post by alevelzzz)
But medicine/dentistry requires AAA and theres ~10 applicants per place? Pretty hard
Nah but seriously though. So many Asian families have doctors in them it's not even special lol.
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(Original post by alevelzzz)
So is dentistry/medicine the most well regarded degrees in the asian community?
Yes, overall. Obviously not all asian parents fit the stereotype, but it's an overall trend.

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nah. it's nothing special. Every asian and his dog is a doctor/dentist
Its still special just not rare imo

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Yes, overall. Obviously not all asian parents fit the stereotype, but it's an overall trend.

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Is dentistry and medicine equally prestigious in asian families? From what I've gathered they're viewed equally
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this is why
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If they wanted to do that, why not wear white make up and a dress? Much cheaper tbh.

You're asking the wrong person.
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What type of Asians are you talking about? South Asian?

I'm from a South Asian area in London, so I know how it is. I can say that for the students who take Science A-Levels, a large number of them will aim for Pharmacy. Obviously the ones that are clever enough to do so will apply, and they'll most likely apply to places like KCL and UCL.

Pharmacy is a vocational degree, so you're definitely getting a job after the degree. I think that's what people like, job security. Plus, my traditional South Asian mum looks up to pharmacists, so I'm sure most South Asian parents feel the same way about them. They don't know how the education system works. They think it's rather difficult to get into Pharmacy at university, when it's really not.
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What type of Asians are you talking about? South Asian?

I'm from a South Asian area in London, so I know how it is. I can say that for the students who take Science A-Levels, a large number of them will aim for Pharmacy. Obviously the ones that are clever enough to do so will apply, and they'll most likely apply to places like KCL and UCL.

Pharmacy is a vocational degree, so you're definitely getting a job after the degree. I think that's what people like, job security. Plus, my traditional South Asian mum looks up to pharmacists, so I'm sure most South Asian parents feel the same way about them. They don't know how the education system works. They think it's rather difficult to get into Pharmacy at university, when it's really not.
lol, you clearly dont know much about pharmacy. They're opening pharmacy schools left right and centre, government doesn't control student numbers and so anywhere can open a pharmacy school. This is why the entry standards are stupidly low at some schools.
Heck, even UCL/KCL has AAB entry requirements, a lot of people getting lower.
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