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Is it easy to be a pharmacist?

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Jemima A.’s Answer

Hi Vanisha,

I have gone through lots of your questions on Careervillage.Org and it seems you having a difficult time choosing your career path.

I want you to bear in mind that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE that means EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. It may be a bit difficult but you MUST get there if you set your mind towards it.

You ask of pharmacy here, you ask of medicine in the next post. You are getting somewhere knowing you are a science student.

Take your time, understand your self, know what you can specifically do, check your grades if they can get you there, understand the way you can help humanity and be sure you will be happy with what you will choose.

Yes, it is easy to be a pharmacist if you let it be.

Best of Luck
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Sandra’s Answer

No, it is not easy, but it is very rewarding once you get into a job that is the right fit for you! I would not go into pharmacy if you are looking for easy. Maybe it is easy compared to manual labor or teaching a class of unruly children if that is the wrong fit for you, but it requires 6-8 years of post-secondary education, a ridiculous amount of studying, communication skills, memory skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to face high stress environments. You need to have your act together if you are going to convince a doctor to change a patient's regimen. You have to really be ready for the day. No, I would not consider pharmacy to be easy.
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Dinah’s Answer

Pharmacy is not easy persay. Yes, pharmacy is rewarding in many ways like starting over with a six figure salary, but you will experience your ups and down with pharmacy. Let's start off with pharmacy school, which is hard itself, but you are in a professional graduate program, so don't expect any less. Pharmacy school is 4 years of rigorous work and rotations, which is what helps you when you get a job as a licensed pharmacist. Yes, you are sometimes going to work a 12 hour shift or even the midnight shift in a hospital pharmacy. You are going to get yelled and screamed at by patients, which I got used to because it is not personal. Pharmacy has so many fields and you don't have to stick to retail or clinical. Some fields are open like Oncology, Transplant, Ambulatory, and many others.
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Karen’s Answer

No its was not easy to become a pharmacist. It takes hard work and dedication. However it is worth it!. I love being a pharmacist. I love the flexibility that the career offers. It offers a great work-life balance. The pay is great. I also feel great being a resource for so many people who need advice on their care. People trust me and I am usually the first person they come to when they need answers about a medical condition.
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Steven’s Answer

Is it easy to be a pharmacist? Not really! But it IS rewarding in many ways if you are willing to put the work in first! Pharmacy school is definitely demanding, and in most places in the US this is now a 6-year commitment. But once through, there are many different career paths to choose from. The obvious ones are retail and hospital work, but pharmacists are in great demand from pharmacy benefit managers, specialty pharmacies, consultant firms, even the government!
People look up to pharmacists as trusted health professionals, and you have a lot of opportunity to work directly with people/patients. Pharmacy is also a very high paying field, in the US most pharmacists will start with salaries over $100,000 a year!
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Is it easy to be a pharmacist? Not really! But it IS rewarding in many ways if you are willing to put the work in first! Pharmacy school is definitely demanding, and in most places in the US this is now a 6-year commitment. But once through, there are many different career paths to choose from. The obvious ones are retail and hospital work, but pharmacists are in great demand from pharmacy benefit managers, specialty pharmacies, consultant firms, even the government!
People look up to pharmacists as trusted health professionals, and you have a lot of opportunity to work directly with people/patients. Pharmacy is also a very high paying field, in the US most pharmacists will start with salaries over $100,000 a year!
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