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Johnny in Knoxville, Tennessee

22 months ago

OK, guys, I am a senior in college and I have been set on pharmacy school for sometime now. I did above average on the PCAT, have a good GPA, etc. etc. so getting into pharmacy school will not be a problem.

However, I have recently experienced some trepidation in continuing this career path because I've read and been told by current pharmacists that the job market is very, very bad.

The pharmacist I worked for told me not to get into the career, and all the articles I have read have talked about pharmacy students are graduating and have no job offers and are jobless. I cannot imagine putting in four more years of work and not having a job waiting on me when I graduate.

Is the job market as bad I've been lead to believe? Should I look at other career opportunities? If so, can you guys provide me with stories, experiences and articles that talk about how bad it is?

Thanks in advance.

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nwjt in Omaha, Nebraska

21 months ago

Go to the city/state on career link, or search for pharmacy jobs in your area. That will tell the truth.

In Nebraska I was looking and couldnt find anything, I started thinking pharmacy jobs must have its own site or something.

So in my area, with a day or so of research, it looks like jobs are hard to come by.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

You have a bad attitude. Not only that, you are a cynic.

As far as "slaving for the federal government and other banking loans where you took out loans from," anyone who has ever taken out student loans is in that boat. You are no different.

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schlomo in Pompano Beach, Florida

18 months ago

Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado said: You have a bad attitude. Not only that, you are a cynic.

As far as "slaving for the federal government and other banking loans where you took out loans from," anyone who has ever taken out student loans is in that boat. You are no different.

I completely empathize with tortureslave. I dropped out of pharmacy because the work conditions were not conducive to safely filling prescriptions. What we are seeing in pharmacy is just a fractal of the FIRE economy at large. It is imploding in slow motion. Just step back and examine conditions now as compared to 2007. The trajectory becomes obvious. Our education system indoctrinated us into being compliant worker bees subservient to the state/corporation. It conveniently left the Kondratieff cycle out of history and economics classes so that we could be sheared come the Winter phase which started in 2000 with the tech bubble crash.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

Whatever.....

But that user posted the same rant on several threads. Clearly the person has issues, whether or not her assertions are true. She, and you, should consider that plenty of people are lined up and would be glad to take your job if you, or her, don't want it.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Littleton, Colorado

18 months ago

schlomo in Pompano Beach, Florida said: Just step back and examine conditions now as compared to 2007. The trajectory becomes obvious. Our education system indoctrinated us into being compliant worker bees subservient to the state/corporation. It conveniently left the Kondratieff cycle out of history and economics classes so that we could be sheared come the Winter phase which started in 2000 with the tech bubble crash.
Is it all part of the Bilderberg-Trilateral Commission-Council on Foreign Relations conspiracy?

Just curious.

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schlomo in Pompano Beach, Florida

18 months ago

Unemployed Paralegal in Littleton, Colorado said: Is it all part of the Bilderberg-Trilateral Commission-Council on Foreign Relations conspiracy?

Just curious.

If you watch the John Taylor Gatto interview, "The Ultimate History Lesson", he talks about how the forerunner luminaries of the Fabian Socialists and the CFR designed the education system for the 20th century. Also google video Norman Dodd and what his research uncovered
about the Carnegie Institute.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

The Fabian Socialists........wow! The last I heard of them was during my talk radio days...nearly forty years ago.

How about it, Schlomo? Is 1313 and The University of Chicago part of the conspiracy as well? And it all ties in, correct? Were they responsible for the Kennedy assassination as well? Is your favorite radio feature Liberty Lobby? And I cannot forget the Illuminatae! Posse Comitatus. Arch Roberts. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

You see, Schlomo, your obvious belief in conspiracy theories, which were all debunked years ago and have been repeatedly debunked, kills your cred entirely about pharmacy work.

Do your mind a favor. Stop reading that John Birch literature. The other user is just a ranter and does not realize that customer service is part of her job, whether or not she is filling scrips.

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PharmacistORtortureslave in Augusta, Georgia

18 months ago

thanks Unemployed Paralegal for your input! CUSTOMER SERVICE is paramount in pharmacy (YOU ARE 100% CORRECT)! This comes before all else!... the facts I mentioned above most retail pharmacists can attest to-and these facts actually LESSEN customer service (time per customer, speed of service, safety of service). I apologize for not being clear to spell this out for those not actually in the pharmacy/professional healthcare field.

And by the way, I LOVE MY JOB!... the above are just what I believe are facts that can be overlooked by job seekers and prospective pharmacy staff (even if these facts are spelled out like above).

BE WELL!

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

Any reasonable person reading your post would gather that you hate your job and that you do not realize that customer service comes first in your business. Such person needn't be in the pharmacy/professional healthcare field to draw that conclusion.

When you go on the rant you did and then reply to my post by saying you love your job, you send mixed messages.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

Any reasonable person reading your post would gather that you hate your job and you do not realize customer service comes first in your business. Such person needn't be in the pharmacy/professional healthcare field to draw that conclusion.

When you go on the rant you did and then reply to my post by saying you love your job, you send mixed messages.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

Once again, buddy, you have a bad attitude. Also something else is wrong with you; witness your need to repost your rant.

Good thing you're not my pharmacist. Your customer service skills, again, are likely atrocious.

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retired early in Brooker, Florida

18 months ago

Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado said: Once again, buddy, you have a bad attitude. Also something else is wrong with you; witness your need to repost your rant.

Good thing you're not my pharmacist. Your customer service skills, again, are likely atrocious.

Actually, his rant is very accurate. Anyone contemplating becoming a pharmacist should be aware. Why does an unemployed paralegal worry so much about a pharmacy forum? Just curious.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

I'm not worried. That user had posted the same rant on multiple threads, so I just had to look. That's why.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

I have to address this point:

PharmacistORtortureslave in Augusta, Georgia said: 9. You are usually 'salaried'( paid for 40 hours,depending on position,but if you have to stay 'extra' because it is a busy day or your technician is out sick you are working for 'Free'.
You are most likely an "exempt" employee according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore you are not entitled to overtime. Saying you are working for "free" because your pharmacy tech is faulty logic and entirely inaccurate. You are still being paid, whether you have your pharmacy tech or not.

I was considered an exempt employee for most of the years I worked in law. I worked plenty of unpaid hours and, yes, it sucks. I realized it came with the territory of my job. I probably was paid less than you.

www.flsa.com/coverage.html

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

18 months ago

I have to address this point:

PharmacistORtortureslave in Augusta, Georgia said: 9. You are usually 'salaried'( paid for 40 hours,depending on position,but if you have to stay 'extra' because it is a busy day or your technician is out sick you are working for 'Free'.
You are most likely an "exempt" employee according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore you are not entitled to overtime. Saying you are working for "free" because your pharmacy tech is out is faulty logic and entirely inaccurate. You are still being paid, whether you have your pharmacy tech or not.

I was considered an exempt employee for most of the years I worked in law. I worked plenty of unpaid hours and, yes, it sucks. I realized it came with the territory of my job. I probably was paid less than you.

www.flsa.com/coverage.html

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UsedRph in Madison, Alabama

14 months ago

Johnny in Knoxville, Tennessee said: OK, guys, I am a senior in college and I have been set on pharmacy school for sometime now. I did above average on the PCAT, have a good GPA, etc. etc. so getting into pharmacy school will not be a problem.

However, I have recently experienced some trepidation in continuing this career path because I've read and been told by current pharmacists that the job market is very, very bad.

The pharmacist I worked for told me not to get into the career, and all the
articles I have read have talked about pharmacy students are graduating and have no job offers and are jobless. I cannot imagine putting in four more years of work and not having a job waiting on me when I graduate.

Is the job market as bad I've been lead to believe? Should I look at other career opportunities? If so, can you guys provide me with stories, experiences and articles that talk about how bad it is?

Thanks in advance.

It's not bad at all... why just look at the news right here:

news.wfsu.org/post/house-approves-letting-pharmacists-oversee-six-times-many-technicians

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UsedRph in Madison, Alabama

14 months ago

nwjt in Omaha, Nebraska said: Go to the city /state on career link, or search for pharmacy jobs in your area. That will tell the truth.

In Nebraska I was looking and couldnt find anything, I started thinking pharmacy jobs must have its own site or something.

So in my area, with a day or so of research, it looks like jobs are hard to come by.

Look
news.wfsu.org/post/house-approves-letting-pharmacists-oversee-six-times-many-technicians

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