A Career as a Pharmacist?

Have you ever considered what could happen if a pharmacist was not available to fill your prescription at your local drugstore, or to recognize medication errors if you are taking multiple prescriptions?  This scenario could be a reality.  
Since the healthcare industry is one field that career experts have predicted to continue to be on the rise and in demand, a possible career choice that provides promise in this unstable employment market could be to become a pharmacist. Consumers are living longer and healthier lives, and pharmaceuticals are playing a major role in aiding to our longevity. The only concern is if there will be enough pharmacists to address our needs in the future.

Shortage of Pharmacist

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, hundreds of pharmacist positions are left unfilled every year, and 34% of facilities reported a consistent concern with unfilled pharmacist positions last year—even now, during a time when employment opportunities are scarce. If you have an interest in healthcare and specifically assisting others on their road to recovery, a pharmacist position might be worth pursuing.
Pharmacy graduates can expect a variety of possible career directions as well as four or five job offers upon graduation. Besides earning an annual average salary of $111,000, according to the U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Employment Statistics, pharmacists can choose from a wide variety of employment settings, from research laboratories to poison control centers to veterinary clinics.

States that offer the highest pharmacists salaries 

Specifically, mental health and substance abuse facilities pay pharmacists an average salary of $122,380.  Pharmacy consultants for scientific or technical positions in management can earn over $121,000. Some of the top states in terms of what pharmacists earn include Maine at $58.40 per hour or $121,400 a year; California at $57.12 or $118,000; Alaska, very close to California’s numbers; Alabama at $56.70 hourly or $118,000 yearly; and Vermont at $56.68 or $117,900. With such a positive earning potential and outlook for the future, a career as a pharmacist is certainly worth considering.

Published by AskDrCris

Hi, I'm Dr. Crystal Green Brown, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Cris). I'm the owner of Ask Dr. Cris, the Spiritual Life Coach & Speaker LLC, which is a full-service Career, Education, Health, Wellness & Nutrition Consulting firm that assists businesses, educational institutions, organizations, individual clients, and students who are in need of transitioning your career, identifying your purpose in life or desiring to live a healthier more spiritual-enriched life. Through my website AskDrCris.com, you can learn more about my #1 best selling book Visual Prayer: How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board or my other popular dietary book How to be Schoolgirl Skinny. You can also SHOP AskDrCris for other books and spiritual gifts. Through my AskDrCris Blog, you will receive weekly updates on career tips, learn details on manifesting your vision through the spiritual vision board process, in addition to education, health, wellness, and nutrition tips. My intention is to provide spiritual guidance and suggestions that will guide followers with insight on living and maintaining a more prosperous, healthy, and blessed life.

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