REAL percentage of pharmacists who are unemployed

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  1. Parklife

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    I use to think that most - not all of the people who are unemployed pharmacists are just in a really saturated market or the bottom 5% of their field who are in a sucks-to-suck-should've become-a-nurse situation.

    Apparently it's not the case. I can only find two sources.



    They say lawyers have 1.5% unemployment. I don't trust this site..
    http://20somethingfinance.com/top-20-jobs-with-the-lowest-unemployment-rate/

    http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/pharmacist


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    What is close to the real percentage of unemployed pharmacists? Do we expect that number to go up, or do we expect grads to move to where there are jobs?
     
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  3. bacillus1

    bacillus1 7+ Year Member

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    1st article is over a year old. 2nd one is probably about right. Here's another source (just ignore the whole article though, as pharmacy isn't really a "college major"): http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-best-college-majors-for-a-lucrative-career.html

    The article cites 5.4% unemployment rate for recent grads. I think that sounds about right, at least if surveying people a few months after graduation, not before or right after. Some of the employed pharmacists temp or work part time though.
     
  4. bear2006

    bear2006 5+ Year Member

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    I am one unemployed pharmacist here, graduated last year, licensed. Right now, going back to school for a PhD.
     
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    BrightLight 2+ Year Member

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    Why not residency?
     
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    confettiflyer Bat Country 10+ Year Member

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    Did you have work experience during school? Were you willing to relocate? Are you in an "impacted" metro area?
     
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    joetrisman 5+ Year Member

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    If you look at the pharmD/phD thread, he answer 'yes' to all of those questions. I think we're still before the tipping point if there even is going to be one at all. Networking, experience, flexibility, and persistence are key. But mostly persistence :smuggrin:
     
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    1. Given that the national unemployment rate is 8.2%, I'd say 5% isn't bad.
    2. There's no way to predict what will happen with the job market long term, least of all by gathering anecdotal "evidence" on SDN.
     
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    samisab786 5+ Year Member

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    Bear, what kind of work experience did you have? As of now, I'm kind of scared b/c I have no pharmacy work experience under my belt :(. and I've been trying two years to get a job.
     
  10. hereticmnk

    hereticmnk 5+ Year Member

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    1. Bad comparison. Those 8.2% do not have a an extensive college education or student loans. So yes 5% is still bad.

    2. Yup
     
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    D5WwithNSS 2+ Year Member

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    Also, how many new grads are working only part time or per diem because there are no other positions out there. I think that should be a factor too. I, for one, have only seen per diem openings or part time in my area.
     
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    ancienbon 5+ Year Member

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    Are you kidding me, 5 % is not bad with a pharm D degree and 6 figures in the red? Are you trying to compare it to the national average ?
     
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    ancienbon 5+ Year Member

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    Very nice source. That would be really bad...
     
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    gotdrugs 2+ Year Member

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    As stated before..........this is the true comparison showing how bad it is. Also does not take into account the underemployed.
     
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    confettiflyer Bat Country 10+ Year Member

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    Source? I didn't know they parsed the data down that way. Would love to see it.
     
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    hereticmnk 5+ Year Member

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    Which source specifically ?
     
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    hereticmnk 5+ Year Member

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    Glad to see that HotMD's account is on hold....moron.
     
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    So one's SDN account can be put on hold for completely lacking sense of humor?
     
  21. hereticmnk

    hereticmnk 5+ Year Member

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    I am pretty sure you are unaware of the history associated with that person. This is not the first time he/she/it/thatthing has posted on the pharmacy forums.
     

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