A few things to consider: 1) I believe the demand for nurses will continue after the demand for pharmacists begins to level out. This is because legislation caps the # of patients allowed per nurse (in CA at least). Plus, nurses don't have things like mail order pharmacies to augment demand, it's pretty much purely nurse/patient interaction. 2) When you talk about salary vs cost of education, nursing wins hands down. Where else can you spend $20 a unit for 2-3 years, and $60k for nursing school (BSN) for 2 more years and start earning $45+ per hour? Compare this to Pharmacy where you are roughly $120k in debt and start at $55/hr. Better yet go to nursing school in the Philippines and pass the NCLEX in hong kong, there's another money saver.