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Misleading headline: "Declining Pharmacy School Enrollment"

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by GravityBeetle, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. GravityBeetle

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    Http://www.drugtopics.com/small-doses/declining-pharmacy-school-enrollment-high-drug-prices-and-more-news

    For those thinking the job market goes through cycles and the job market is improving, this may sound like comforting news but read the article and you'll find out certain colleges did not report their figures. “Had these schools reported their data, we could have easily seen an increase in degrees awarded over last year" says AACP.

    This is alarming because PDI trend shows pharmacist demand to supply ratio has been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years and just last year, the threshold has been crossed where supply now surpasses demand. Yet pharmacy schools are still awarding PharmD degrees in record numbers. There were 14,556 new PharmDs in 2016 despite a pharmacist job growth of only 1,740 new positions per year (source: BLS).
     
    #1 GravityBeetle, Oct 19, 2018
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  3. sozetone

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    Are you a new grad or pre-pharm? because if so your one of the first to be bright enough to read into the actual data and figure out the "old timers" on here are not just trying to scare you off. I have been asking pre pharm students to do minimal research and report these numbers for a while, but they get an attitude and never do. It's scary (for them).
     
  4. GravityBeetle

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    New grad unfortunately. I wish I had done more research prior to considering pharmacy as a career. Luckily I am gainfully employed but I also have to live in bum**** nowhere away from any friends and family. It's hard enough with a pharmacist schedule (I work weekends and weekdays until close only to get random weekdays off when everybody else works) and I knew that coming in, but add living in a town with population under 30k to that and it's a nail in the coffin for any sort of social life. Honestly the numbers were only trending towards bad when I started if I remember correctly. But we've now reached a tipping point especially with all the store closures, cuts, and mergers that happened just this past year. You must be bat**** crazy to even consider pharmacy an option at this point. Doesn't matter how "passionate" you are about pharmacy, you have to be "passionate" about paying your bills and not starving to death too. I have friends who do just fine with only a bachelor's making and a job that makes $40k-$70k/yr. If they lose their jobs they'll bounce right back up. If I lose mine, my income is -3k per month and my PharmD is ****ing worthless at finding any other type of jobs.
     
    #3 GravityBeetle, Oct 21, 2018
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  5. sozetone

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    Good answer beetle. You know what the F*** is going on in the world today. Now you need to do something about it. It's fixable, but not easy. Then again, neither was getting into and completing pharmacy school. Start a business? Passive income? Quick investments? I dunno, But i have been doing this long enough to know a dead end when i see it. Don't worry about gaps on your resume. Think slick man....Say you worked as a manager at an independent pharmacy. Use a friend as a reference. These guys dont even check to see if the pharmacy exists. Or pick a real one, whatever ya know? just have a friend lie for you about times you worked...etc. Thats what friends are for. I would do it for anyone needing help, and i know my pals would do the same for me. So thats never a problem...
     

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