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    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.

    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,
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