Senior Advisor, Pharmacist Recruiting Strategist at CVS Health connecting interns & pharmacists to our patients.
Pharmacists are dealing with people and their health and therefore there can be times when it is stressful. While nobody wants stress, I would say the gratification of helping patients and their sincere appreciation when a pharmacist is able to help them is more powerful and overcomes the stress involved. The most stressful is probably community pharmacy since you have patients in front of you and they are often in a hurry, but that does not make it less rewarding. If you manage your surroundings and lead your team, you can manage the stress by running a smooth operation that is ready for your patients. Pharmacists practice in many settings and one that has very low stress is mail order where you have little to no patient interaction.
In regards to what majors, you would want to look at the prerequisites for pharmacy schools in your 2 undergrad years and pick a major that aligns well. There is much chemistry and biological science in pharmacy school so degrees aligned to that are often helpful as you transition from your 2 to 4 years of bachelors work to the rigorous 4 years of doctorate work to become a pharmacist.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Research the prerequisite courses for 2 to 3 pharmacy schools you would like to attend and also look at their 4 year curriculum
- Get involved now as a leader to learn how to lead a team effectively and reduce stress in a less formal setting as problems and opportunities arise.
- Make sure you are prepared to get good grades and truly learn in college so that you will be a top candidate to get accepted to a pharmacy school.
- Find a local pharmacist and interview him/her and find out how they manage stress and their patients outcomes.