I need help, please!!! I need opinions and feedback about whether you would choose optometry versus pharmacy school. I am a burned out Social Worker/Counselor w/ an M.S. degree. I can't believe I have attended 8 years of college to come out making 25K to 35K per year. At my last job interview, I was offered $9 per hour while McDonald's is hiring at $9.75 hour w/ a $250 weekly bonus in this post-Katrina New Orleans world. That is it, I have had it. I want to desperately stay in New Orleans despite the devastation that remains one year later. However, the opt school I have chosen to apply to is NSU in Oklahoma (I lived in Okla. for 28 years & there is no opt school in Louisiana). My friend recommended pharmacy school at Xavier which would: *keep me in Nawlins *same amount of years studying as opt school *similar salary as optometry *and I don't think I would have to take the PCAT for Xavier where as I would definitely have to take OAT for opt school in CountryHickVille, Oklafreakinghoma. I am not married, have no children & have always done well in school (like a demented, sordid hobby of mine). I have nothing holding me back in other words. I do realize there are all sorts of opt & pharmD schools in great cities elsewhere. However, I really want to stay in NOLA & I would really go back to Oklahoma for opt school if it meant that 4-6 years down the road I would be rewarded with a decent, living wage for once in my life. It is downright disgusting that high school drop outs are making more at Mickey D's & I am ready to do something about it NOW! I need to know the major/minor pro's & cons of optometry versus pharmacy to help make my decision. Signed, still drowning with this decision in NOLA & standing on my rooftop with a sign that reads PLEASE HELP ME NOW! Every professional opinon helps.