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Should I consider pharmacy or dentistry here in the uk?

I understand dentistry definitely pays more but would pharmacy also pay decent enough to live a comfortable life and also be able to spend on holidays and family as an example or is just a lot of education for rough pay? Because here in the uk it takes the same amount of time to do both degrees just dentistry pays more but is harder to get into so I’m wondering if just for a little more money I’d be stressing myself out a lot with dentistry. I see myself doing both roles I enjoy the idea of both job titles. For dentistry I would have to take an exam and take a gap year whereas I could go into pharmacy straight away. But I have my worries, with pharmacy not paying as well or being too saturated as everyone goes on to say. And with dentistry perhaps being too difficult. I get good grades but it’s still a concern. I am willing to put in the work for both. #dentisty #pharmacy #education

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Darcy’s Answer

The United Kingdom has some very good schools. Check for their accreditation and what countries honor their Programs.
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Briguitte’s Answer

If you want to be successful in the profession, choose the first thing you must define is what your passion is, what you like the most and you see yourself doing this all your life. If you decide for dentistry do you see yourself as a happy being doing or carrying out this work?
If it is in the pharmacy, you should evaluate the same.
It is clear that many people have a tendency to study something according to the income they can generate, but it is also important that you can enjoy what you do.
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Dennis’s Answer

ll try and give an answer as best i can- in terms of working opportunities in 10yrs i think dentistry would be better, and that is one of the reasons i picked it. Pharmacy is dominated by businesses such as boots, superdrugs etc and your pharmaceutical companies so although you will have plenty of opportunities with them, its not ideal.
with dentistry you are guaranteed a job pretty much and the opportunities are much better as you are self employed and are in control of what you want to do and not dominated by a large company.
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Michelle’s Answer

I enjoy being a pharmacist and have a work history in pharmacy in the U.S. Navy, in the hospital/healthcare system, and in managed care. I enjoy a good work/life balance, and salaries are strong in the profession. You really should think about and focus on what you want to DO, and not limit your outlook to just income potential. Pharmacies are NOT dominated by big business or Pharma- that is simply one path you can CHOOSE to take. Pharmacists are clinicians and healthcare providers who work in a variety of settings, including those noted above as well as retail and independent “corner store” pharmacies, research, ambulatory care, teaching, prison system, veterinary, to name a few, and often you can work flexible hours and aren’t beholden to being on call all the time. Bottom line is that dentistry and pharmacy are very different, you just need to determine what you think you’d enjoy doing for a living. Good luck!
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Eunice’s Answer

It's really down to where your passion lies. Both dentistry and pharmacy target different groups of people but at the end it's a healthcare professional that improves everyone quality of living. You can first consider which subjects you're working on in high school (sixthform) that interest you the most. Biology and chemistry are the two subjects that mostly called for these majors. Think about if you will enjoy studying them throughout those four years. Think about which direction you will be at most interest when you've completed the degree. For pharmacy, you will need to keep yourself updated to any new guidelines at which I believe it's the same for dentistry. There will be continuing professional development for you to keep reflecting and reviewing the work that you do. It's a big commitment but it's nothing to worry about as long as you've got the enthusiasm.

If you really can't choose between the both, I would recommend taking summer internship to experience the work environment first. Even as a technician or as a receptionist would give you insight to what that industry does. Salary matters but after all it's something you may have to work for years. It's really important to find what you love and you would pay lots of effort in it :)
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