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Is pharmacy a dying career?

I have seem so many people on here talking about how pharmacy is dying and everyone should avoid it. Is it true?

I am starting pharmacy in September at a low ranking University, my A-level results are not great due to personal circumstances. I live in an area where there are loads of pharmacy universities close together in the West Midlands. Will I still have an employment prospectus?

I am looking into hospital pharmacy but I have heard that it is super competitive. I have already taken 2 gap years because I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I am having doubts again after coming online. I won't be able to take another gap year or I'll just disappoint my parents. Any advice from pharmacy students? Is it actually a dying career?
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Starting pharmacy in September also and I've heard this too. Got talked down by a guy in a pub about it, mainly about how there's no money in it. Its also very competitive. So I'm not sure if it's "dying" or just not as financially rewarding as it's made out to be. Being said, it's a career that isn't just going to disappear overnight. Pharmacists have a lot of responsibility in the health care sector, people sometimes overlook it :smile:
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Original post by Al.carrey
Starting pharmacy in September also and I've heard this too. Got talked down by a guy in a pub about it, mainly about how there's no money in it. Its also very competitive. So I'm not sure if it's "dying" or just not as financially rewarding as it's made out to be. Being said, it's a career that isn't just going to disappear overnight. Pharmacists have a lot of responsibility in the health care sector, people sometimes overlook it :smile:


Hello,

Most posts about not doing Pharmacy is rather about their own personal experiences. Newly Qualified Pharmacists on average earn between £35 - 42k and can make as high as to £100k+ in some circumstances.

Many of those negative comments are usually pharmacists who undertook the community route. Pharmacy in itself isnt a "dying" career - its their belief of worthiness in the degree.

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