Some of you might have your eyes set on a specialty or non-traditional area of pharmacy. This may include ambulatory care, industry, informatics, transplant, critical care, research, etc. It may be because these areas genuinely interest you. Some of you plan to go into these areas because you believe you will enjoy the work-life balance more, or that you believe there will be more job security. The reality is that the real chances of you landing a job in these areas are slim to none. All of these combined make up probably 5% or less of all jobs available to pharmacists with about 70% of them in retail and the rest in hospital staffing. Many of us practicing pharmacists call these "unicorn jobs" because they are so rare, and when one pops up you have thousands of pharmacists fighting to land one of these. If you're looking at non-traditional areas of pharmacy, i.e. informatics, industry, etc. there are much better paths. For informatics you should just study IT. For industry or research you should just get a PhD. Unlike pharmacy, most of these fields of study cost far less tuition and time compared to a PharmD. These fields will do a far better job of fast-tracking you to the job you desire compared to pharmacy which the vast majority of pharmacists end up with sub-FT hours in retail, many not by choice.