The career I chose is a Pharmacist. I chose this career, because I have dreamed of becoming one since I was in the seventh grade. I didn’t have my mind set on being a pharmacist, but I just kept it as an option. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school, when I was in my pharmacy technician class, that I confirmed that I wanted to be a pharmacist when I grow up.
“Pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals who fill prescriptions for patients and provide expert advice to those patients to make sure they are taking their medications appropriately in the right doses and in the correct combinations with other medications (Doyle). Pharmacists are responsible for filling prescriptions, counseling patients about new drugs they are taking, giving vaccinations to patients, consulting with doctors about prescription medications, working with insurance companies, maintaining and managing a retail pharmacy business. The pharmacy has a very fast paced work environment, and it is important that you can multitask and manage time properly.
In order to become a pharmacist, a doctorate of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is required in order to work. There are some Pharm.D. programs that require a bachelor, whereas others admit students with two years of undergraduate credits. Aspiring pharmacists need to have a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, and physics to do well and pass the PCAT, which is an admissions test to get into a pharmacy school. According to my Achieve WORKS report, I have skills like detail oriented, and communication skills. As a pharmacist, it is important to have good communication skills, analytical skills, be detail oriented, and be able to multitask.
The annual salary of a pharmacist ranges from $122,000-$154,000. The projected 10-year growth as of 2014 is 3%. “Job growth for pharmacists is projected at 6% for the decade ending in 2026” (Doyle). The needs for prescribed medications are expected to rise. The job growth for pharmacists will have a slight increase due to online pharmacy sales.
Every job comes with advantages and disadvantages whether you like them or not. The following are the advantages of being a pharmacist. You have the choice to work from home, there are many of available jobs as a pharmacist, the job outlook for pharmacists is increasing, although it takes years of hard work, you don’t need much time to start your store, and the job stability is high as a pharmacist with this profession. Some disadvantages of becoming a pharmacist include, education and requirements are lengthy and difficult, student loan is not cheap for pharmacy students, you are responsible for all your actions as a pharmacist, there is always competition with other pharmacies, pharmacists handle difficult problems all the time and have to be able to deflate the situation in order to provide good customer service, pharmacists stand for long period of time and sometimes don’t get breaks, you must always treat patients with care, even if you are personally facing a difficult situation.