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Should I study pharmacy technician first or when straight to study pharmacist?

Both of these careers are working in the pharmacy field, but the difference between pharmacy technician and pharmacist are the length I have to spend at university and the cost to attend. I have to balance the financial between go to university and family’s life.
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Thank you comment icon Hello Mai P. Why settle for less when you can go for more. There is a rule in Math which states that if less more will devide and if more less will devide. Why become a pharmacy technician when you can become a pharmacist. I know with a family it can be tough but you can do it if and only if you set your mind to it, if people have been able to do it why can't you also do it. The sky is the limit in terms of the possibilities of what you can do and achieve. You should be a pharmacist and be an oversight over the pharmacy technician and not the other way around. In this modern era you don't need much education to be a pharmacy technician all you need is just a few certifications you can take with just a high school diploma but with a pharmacist it's a full career in itself and when you come out you have the title of that Doctor of pharmacy under your belt with a good income to start as opposed to the latter pharmacy technician. I am not saying pharmacy technician is a bad job its not but don't settle for less. You can do it and you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it irrespective of the adversity you go through, there is always a light at the end of that tunnel. Hope that answers your question. Have a great day. Tobias Mensah

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Arleen’s Answer

I think that being a Pharmacy Technician while going to Pharmacy school will be extremely beneficial for anyone. You will learn about Pharmacy Operations and the flow of the pharmacy functions. Also, pharmaceutical terminology, knowledge of medication names, dosage, forms, and what they are used for.
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Adam’s Answer

A Pharmacist income can support a family. A PharmacyTech income probably cannot.

That being said, I've done full-time work + full-time school... it's hard. Of course, it only gets harder as you have more kids/commitments.
Thank you comment icon Actually, I am a pharmacy technician of 13 years and I have successfully raised 5 children on a pharmacy technician income. It was tough but it for sure can be done. Next stop pharmacy school for me. I really do wish I wouldn't have waited until near 40 to actually apply. Just like you've stated above life/family commitments do tighten those larger goals for sure! Joann Whitman
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Morgan’s Answer

I am actually working as a pharmacy technician while I am in school to become a pharmacist. This is helping me pay for my college and other expenses. If you want a high level of financial security, I wouldn’t stop at a pharmacy technician job, but it is definitely a rewarding and good job to have!
Thank you comment icon I am almost 40 and wish I would have done this! I wanted to go to pharmacy school at Arizona State. Since they offer a 4-year PharmD program. I now have my youngest graduating in 2 years then, I'm finally going to be doing it! Wish I would have done it sooner but hey, better late than never. Good job! Joann Whitman
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