Go Back to School for Pharmacy in 2012!
With the economy still in recovery mode, many students and people who suffered layoffs are asking themselves a few questions, not least of which include:
What’s the most recession-proof industry I can use to find work? And what would I really feel satisfied doing?
For many, the answer is simple: Start A Pharmacy Career.
One way to do this is to begin college. According to the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy, one of many institutions across the country that students attend to launch their pharmacy careers, a pharmacist can find work at any number of work environments, including government agencies, companies, nursing facilities, and places of higher education. Look no further than your nearest CVS store or Walgreen’s, and you’ll probably find a familiar face in a pharmacy job.
If the volume of work opportunities isn’t enough, one look at the median pay rate for pharmacists offers plenty of persuasion. Mysalary estimates that the average yearly income for pharmacy careers in the United States stands out at $113,233. Payscale, a similar website, puts the median salary range for pharmacy jobs at anywhere from $80,616 to $113,277 – and that’s for beginners. Not too shabby.
But why do people choose pharmacy careers? Apart from the attractive pay range, the answer may lie in the fact that pharmacists play essential roles in our society.
“The practice of pharmacy today is one of the most important in the delivery of health services,” says Science Alert’s Dr. Joseph Tucci, a senior lecturer at La Trobe’s School of Pharmacy and Applied Science. “Pharmacists are the health professionals who have the most detailed knowledge of drugs and how they work.”
In other words, pharmacists fill the role of a middle-man for the people, dispensing urgently needed goods from their birthplace in labs across the country to those most in need. If you graduated from pharmacy school and decided to practice at a community pharmacy, you would not only dispense medication to people in your community, but need to explain their important instructions and side-effects. So do people who launch pharmacy careers make a difference?
The answer is most definitely yes.
Most people may not realize it, but all 50 states require that a pharmacist obey certain ethical guidelines in order to retain a license. That’s right: like lawyers, doctors, and others with standing in their societies, pharmacists are expected to adhere to professional codes of conduct. That also means sitting for statewide examinations, but hey – wouldn’t you like a steady, high income while you make a positive impact in the lives of others?
If your head is nodding at this point, and you think that you’d like to try a pharmacy career, consider the following steps your informal guide:
Step 1: Go to college and get a degree. It helps if your college has a pre-pharmaceuticals, pre-med, or pharmacy technician program in good standing.
Step 2: Find a pharmacy school and apply to obtain your Doctor of Pharmacy. It may take as many as six years to complete the degree, take and pass your examinations.
Step 3: Get experience. Like any other profession, a pharmacy career begins in the workplace. You’ll earn more income as you gain experience and distinguish yourself.