Someguy: It was a typo when I wrote that Pharm D. average age is 42. Average age of all pharmacists in the US is 42.
Graduates from overseas with less than 5 years education can take additional courses to get the 5-yr equivalent. However, different states have different rules. Many do the 2 year bridge deal where they can get a Pharm D.
Agree with you that Pharm D.s can afford to work part time IF their salaries stay high. Just as fast as salaries went up to fix a short term dearth, they can erode if an oversupply develops. It is interesting to see how people start to think that they deserve close to 100K because they have a Pharm D. - they forget that over 80% of the Pharmacists have a BPharm and are entitled to the same salary. There is no other health care field where folks with a bachelor's make 100K (without OT) to essentially do the same job that they did when hired? Obviously, unlike the MDs, Pharm D.s don't have the luxury of a limited supply with all the new schools coming up. It is crazy to see schools that do not offer any other programs of note start Pharm D. programs. Many open schools without the requisite number of faculty on facilities in place. I am not trying to flame anybody here - just some observations.