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Is being a pharamacist stressful, what courses in highschool did you take to become a pharmacist?

Girl in highschool intrested in the the medical field and pharmacy

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Alana,
There are many career paths as a pharmacist. Do you have a particular one in mind? I am a retail pharmacist and work in a CVS Pharmacy. I can find it stressful because many different priorities need my attention at any given time. Unfortunately, our patients can get upset if their prescriptions' needs or expectations are unmet. We must work quickly, but accuracy is critical.

Advanced math and science courses are a must to prepare for pharmacy school.

I hope this helps! Best of luck!
Lauren
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Nick’s Answer

Focus on Math, Biology, and Chemistry in high school.

Apply for a pharmacist technician position at a local pharmacy, it will introduce you to the retail pharmacy workflow and help you decide if you want to pursue the field.

Pharmacy can be stressful depending on your ability to multitask. There are also many areas within pharmacy: community, hospital, pharmaceutical industry, long term care, managed care, specialty pharmacy, etc.

A professional degree will always provide you stability in life and a means to provide for yourself. Have dedication and persevere.
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Melanie’s Answer

I agree with Lauren. WORK as a clerk in any pharmacy. Consider getting your pharmacy technician license - read what YOUR state requires (they call it the board of pharmacy). This will be a benefit if you decide to continue on the path to become a pharmacist. While everyone else in the class was trying to learn brand and generic names - I was way beyond - already knew. BIG help having tried on the shoes of working in a pharmacy. There are many different types of pharmacists and pharmacist jobs. I worked in retail and hospital as a technician during pre-pharmacy and pharmacy school.

Wish you the best! Take care of patients - it is all about their safety no matter the medication prescribed!

M

Melanie recommends the following next steps:

work in a pharmacy (independent pharmacies are the easiest to get a job as a clerk)
learn how to type prescriptions at a pharmacy
go to the board of pharmacy page for your state and read the requirements to become a technician (LICENSED)
DO NOT spend a fortune becoming a techician - there are less costly ways beyond a private school
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