Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi student room viewers, I'm Isharni and I'm currently an undergraduate in Australia. I have received high grades in my last year of High school and have wanted to pursue a career in Pharmacy.

    At first, Pharmacy was simply a means of getting into Med school. This, however, has changed in the last couple months. I love the profession, more than Dentistry/Medicine/Optometry (the highest paying healthcare profession in Australia). I like the idea of being the pinnacle of pharmaceutical knowledge and would love to own an independent pharmacy in the near future.

    However, I've heard that pharmacy is in a real state of despair, with chain brands overpopulating the market with cheap an enticing deals. In essence, suffocating the independent pharmacy's out of business.

    IM WORRIED!
    In Australia, Pharmacy is a 5-year degree (4years study + 1years internship). I want to make a wise decision for the future, and not regret the slacking pay that it currently provides.
    Pharmacists make best friends with Med students at University/College as we share similar interests and knowledge. Yet practicing physicians get 2 fold that of a Pharmacists. Not to mention Dentistry and Optometry.
    The average hourly rate for a 1st year internship is $33 (are you kidding me).

    I'm uneducated to speak on behalf of another country, but Pharmacy in Australia is praised as the leading health care profession. With a 90% graduation rate and a 95% employment rate STRAIGHT OUT ON UNIVERSITY. So the availability isn't the issue, it's the pay!

    The thing that has me most confused, is that Doctors/Optometrists and Dentists (to name a few) get so many additional benefits with their degree from the Government, whereas Pharmacists get nothing.

    I'm taking a risk pursuing a career in Pharmacy, with the ultimate goal of an independent pharmacy clinic in a rural area of Australia.
    Is this the right path for me?

    Kind Regards,
    Isharni
 
 
 
Poll
Is the Big Bang theory correct?
Applying to uni

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Graduates celebrate

How to write a good personal statement

Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

Uni match

Uni match

Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

Two students working together

A-Z of universities

Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

A student working on a computer

Personal statement help

Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student looking down a microscope

Planning open days

Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

Help out other students

These questions still need an answer

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.