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I have been feeling this unsual uneasiness regarding finding employement after I graduate in 2012. I am really scared because northern california are opening 2 more pharmacy schools and the economy sucks right now also. I hope I find a job when I graduate.
 
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I have been feeling this unsual uneasiness regarding finding employement after I graduate in 2012. I am really scared because northern california are opening 2 more pharmacy schools and the economy sucks right now also. I hope I find a job when I graduate.
i was hoping i would get a response, but this must not be a concern for no one.
 
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I'm from the Northeast...and when I was looking at applying to pharmacy schools, I mentioned that I wanted to travel, and I was told that the best salaries are found here and in northern parts of the country...but was specifically told NOT California. The school that I'm going to has a 100% job placement rate. There are definitely jobs out there, just maybe not in California. My suggestion: move. You can always go back once the economy gets better and more jobs are available.
 

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4,090 "pharmacist" jobs in "california"... http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=pharmacist&l=california

the fact that 2 pharmacy schools are opening in your state should mean little to you, unless their first classes will be graduating with or before you
This 4,090 jobs are seriously a joke! If you take a closer look, a bunch of them are job posted in 2008!!!!, and A LOT of them are repetitive posts , or even non-related pharmacy jobs...
 

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This 4,090 jobs are seriously a joke! If you take a closer look, a bunch of them are job posted in 2008!!!!, and A LOT of them are repetitive posts , or even non-related pharmacy jobs...
This is very true. Some of the posts are even from recruiters who just want your resume.
 

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really, guys? all i'm trying to do is give someone who will graduate in 2 years a little hope. if i listened to all the posts on here about how the job market for pharmacists is collapsing, i would have taken a "real job" instead of pursuing a post-doc, and i can't imagine being half as happy with the former option.

inevitably, jobs on websites like indeed.com will entail some recruiter postings and some positions for pharmacy technicians. i already posted my search criteria for completion. a little broad? yes. but, even if 3/4 of the jobs posted are crap, it still leaves almost 1,000 positions to be had.

i'll be the first to admit that things are changing... but we don't know how much they are changing or what the job market will look like in 2012. so, yeah, maybe my post was a little premature, but i just feel bad for these guys who should be so excited about their futures in pharmacy and are instead made to feel like they picked the wrong career because they can't walk into a job and name their price anymore.

job hunting has a lot to do with compromise. you may not be able to get the job you want in the location you want, but you should be able to get one or the other. if location is what the op is going for, i just wanted him to see that options exist in or near his desired location, at least for now.
 
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really, guys? all i'm trying to do is give someone who will graduate in 2 years a little hope. if i listened to all the posts on here about how the job market for pharmacists is collapsing, i would have taken a "real job" instead of pursuing a post-doc, and i can't imagine being half as happy with the former option.

inevitably, jobs on websites like indeed.com will entail some recruiter postings and some positions for pharmacy technicians. i already posted my search criteria for completion. a little broad? yes. but, even if 3/4 of the jobs posted are crap, it still leaves almost 1,000 positions to be had.

i'll be the first to admit that things are changing... but we don't know how much they are changing or what the job market will look like in 2012. so, yeah, maybe my post was a little premature, but i just feel bad for these guys who should be so excited about their futures in pharmacy and are instead made to feel like they picked the wrong career because they can't walk into a job and name their price anymore.

job hunting has a lot to do with compromise. you may not be able to get the job you want in the location you want, but you should be able to get one or the other. if location is what the op is going for, i just wanted him to see that options exist in or near his desired location, at least for now.
It's bad out there and i believe most students in pharm schools already know that. It's just they cannot get out since already sinking in....Even at the "not desired" locations, jobs are still hard to find, too. I hope it's getting better, but the picture is gonna be ugly for at least 2-3 yrs...until they stop pumping out new grads from these news pharm schools. By now, most undergrad students should be acknowledging about the saturation in pharmacy profession and shifting their interests in elsewhere...
 
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^ You really need to stop making people coming here for legitimate advice second guess their career path.
 
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I have a friend whose dad is a retired pharmacist in Gridley and he STILL gets head-hunters calling him to see if he wants to work...As far as I understand it, there will ALWAYS be a demand for pharmacists here in the North State. I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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It's bad out there and i believe most students in pharm schools already know that. It's just they cannot get out since already sinking in....Even at the "not desired" locations, jobs are still hard to find, too. I hope it's getting better, but the picture is gonna be ugly for at least 2-3 yrs...until they stop pumping out new grads from these news pharm schools. By now, most undergrad students should be acknowledging about the saturation in pharmacy profession and shifting their interests in elsewhere...

I think most pharmacy students aren't in the field because they know they'll have no problems finding a job and will make lots of money. A lot of us choose pharmacy because we like the field and the salary (which is still good) is a benefit. Honestly, a little more competition for jobs can be a good thing for pharmacy. It means students need to work a little harder in school to make themselves better pharmacists and better pharmacists are good for our patients.
 
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I'm a newly graduated pharmacist and just got licensed. Its rough out there. You have to have connections. I was offered a graveyard job 45 miles from home with a huge chain, but so far I'm considering turned down. Use your mouthpiece in pharmacy school and become friends with everyone in the profession. So far, I have not resorted to applying into a "black hole" anonymously online or anything like that. All my prospects have been from contacts I've made and people already in the industry trying to get lucky that way. A job always comes if you're adamant enough. Good luck :)
 

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I will say that Palmdale really isn't all that far from civilization. The commute from Valencia would be nothing.
Agreed, that's actually a sweet set up. Relatively cheaper housing in Valencia/Stevenson Ranch (aka where Weeds was shot) and anti-commute to Palmdale plus you're < 1hr from downtown Los Angeles when you feel like it.

Hey njac you going to CSHP?
 

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Not bad. I know there are still quite a few openings in Bakersfield, El Centro, Apple Valley, and Palmdale...just to name a few.
aka the truck stop cities and places no where wants to live. great. better than nothing, i guess
 

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Agreed, that's actually a sweet set up. Relatively cheaper housing in Valencia/Stevenson Ranch (aka where Weeds was shot) and anti-commute to Palmdale plus you're < 1hr from downtown Los Angeles when you feel like it.

Hey njac you going to CSHP?
Nope, it's a stupid amount of money to join cshp. Id rather do acmt and ACCP.
 

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Nope, it's a stupid amount of money to join cshp. Id rather do acmt and ACCP.
yeah huh, i'm still on the resident rate.

actually, i don't even know why i asked you that, i already knew the answer :luck:
 

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yeah huh, i'm still on the resident rate.

actually, i don't even know why i asked you that, i already knew the answer :luck:
I'm not even a member of ASHP anymore. Honestly as a specialist, unless you want a leadership role in the profession/organization I feel like a membership is a waste of money at this point.
 

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For some reason my DM is looking in MT/NV for people in Humboldt county. Guess he doesn't want to lose people to culture shock of city vs rural. :shrug: Heard the guy they hired to come here from MT ended up taking a job in ID or NV.
 

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I think most pharmacy students aren't in the field because they know they'll have no problems finding a job and will make lots of money. A lot of us choose pharmacy because we like the field and the salary (which is still good) is a benefit. Honestly, a little more competition for jobs can be a good thing for pharmacy. It means students need to work a little harder in school to make themselves better pharmacists and better pharmacists are good for our patients.
I cant speak for the students now but when i was in school, MOST of us went into pharmacy because it had a great salary, work schedule and easy to find a job. I mean besides a few, I cant imagine that many people who have such great passion for being a pharmacist that they can't live life if not becoming one and would go through rigorous schooling, borrowing >$100k with the prospect likely of scarce job opportunities or if they get lucky, working in some random town in the middle of nowhere making $40-50/hr starting while paying back loans without knowing if they can ever work and live in a place they want.

As far as competition, i agree it's generally good, but in this case, i think it is BAD competition. The current state of the competition i see is which individuals are willing to do the most work while taking the least pay. The majority of jobs are still in retail and i know personally they would take someone from a no name school who will put up with more crap and take the lower pay than someone from a reputable school. Is that good competition? That's like American companies hiring illegal immigrants for lower wages over citizens. This isnt the nba or universities where competition brings out the best in people and the winner gets rewarded. This is competition where a great individual is not rewarded based on his worth but based on what he's willing to give up so someone else can get richer.
 
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