Let me introduce my background before writing about the pharmacy career. I am a working clinical pharmacist at a hospital. I started pharmacy school in 2000. I graduated my Pharm.D in 2004 and it's been a big change in this profession since the day I started working as a pharmacist. I have been working in both community (retails) and hospital settings, as well as teaching/preceptoring students over the years. Here is the reality: 1. Nobody will ever call/address you as "Dr" even though you earn the tittle and the degree (Pharm.D) 2. Expect to be yelled/screamed at by a lowlife drug seekers, old farts (if you work in retail), and by nurses (if you work in hospital). 3. Expect to be looked down by MDs/PAs ("what do you know? Just fill my script and don't call me every 5 mins for a stupid drug interaction! "click*) 4. Expect to be disgraced by stupid people who you try to save their lives when the doc wrote a prescription with 100 times dosage higher than the legit dosage. 5. Expect "Why my medication takes so long to fill?" everyday, every hour, everytime 6. Expect to get robbed. 7. Expect to ring up tampon, milk, cheese, etc... I am here to give a cold reality of future job market: 1. Currently supersarturated in most areas. 2. Pharmacy schools cranks up 12,000 new grads every year now...and projects to shoot up 16,000 per year....Meanwhile jobs are shrinking and cannot keep up with number of new grads. Do the math and you will see #grads>#jobs. Read this :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3687123/ (" A looming joblessness crisis for new pharmacy graduates"). 3. A lot of applications for 1 job. I've seen one part time openning at my friend's place and he, as a director, reviewed 35 applications. 4. Pharmacy school tuition keeps rising up. Bet on unemployed with heavy student debt. 5. Call around your local area and pretend you are a pharmacist looking for work...see how they answer. If they give u a general answer like this "Please contact district manager at XXX-XXX-XXXX" then you know there is no job. 6. Don't rely on jobs posting online. Those are already filled/gone before being posted. Posting online is just a form to show equalness in labor act. In reality, those jobs have already been reserved by others. I am here to inform you a cold reality of down trending in terms of respect. Everything here is the truth. 1. Pharmacists are no longer respected by other healthcare professionals as before since they are aware of the super saturation in our profession. 2. Most people don't know it takes 7-8 years to become pharmacists. When you tell them about it, they usually ask, "Why does it take so long to be able to count pills?" 3. In hospital settings, pharmacists are far inferior to mid level practitioners (NP,PA). Usually RNs feel inferior to PA, NP, MD, but not to PharmD. (In fact, RNs , even LVN and CNA yell at pharmacists are relatively common). 4. PA/NP get free lunches/dinners at hospital everyday and pharmacists have to pay. PA/NP don't have to wait in line to get food. They get served before the pharmacists or anyone else. 5. PA/NP can park at "DOCTOR PARKING ONLY" spots in a hospital vs pharmacists have to fight parking with EVS workers. ***PA/NP often get called "DR" from idiotic food server , such as "What you like to eat today, Doctor?" . 6. EVS (clean up people) don't even respect pharmacists. I am here to give a cold reality of the so called "Obamacare" With the Obamacare, people commonly think there will be a massive amount of prescription drugs to be filled....Yes, this is a very possible projection. However, with technology and with the number of influx of new graduates, this increase amount of Rx number won't help much. Why pharmacy schools open left and right? Because it's a lucrative business. Think about it...A pharmacy class usually has 100 students (it can be more or less...but let's say average is 100). Average tuition for pharmacy per year is around 40K (could be more or less at some schools...but let's just be happy with this average). 40K x100 = 4 millions/year. A pharmacy school has at least 3 classes (p1, p2, p3). So every year, the school has an income of 4x3 = 12 millions/year. That's a SWEET income. This is why schools are open left and right. They don't care if students can get job or not in future!!!!! Just get their money first.... Students are so naive to get into pharmacy schools with the hope of landing a 6 figure income...without knowing that they won't be able to find jobs (OR at least scramble to find one) after graduation. Most students have no clue what they get themselves into. If I am a student at this moment, I will not pursue a career in pharmacy. I'm too late for this. The risk is way heavier than the reward. I would likely consider some other alternatives. Just my 2 cents....I am not receiving any money or any kind of compensation to write this. However, I just want to warn pre-pharm students ahead so that they can have a better understanding of what they get themselves into. The real picture is a lot uglier than most people think. You don't have to believe in what I said above....DO your own dd research. Want more proof? Here are some links: 1. http://www.indeed.com/forum/job/pharmacist/is-there-shortage-jobs-pharmacists/t302705 2. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/cant-find-a-job.896092/ 3. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2013/10/27/Pharmacy-schools-turning-out-too-many-grads/stories/201310270094 4. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/omg-finding-a-pharmacy-job.967563/ 5. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/omg-finding-a-pharmacy-job.967563/ 6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3748292/ 7. http://www.pharmacytimes.com/blogs/reinvented-pharmacist/0913/Pharmacist-Oversupply-and-Lessons-From-the-Legal-Profession 8. http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/overdose-pharmacy-students 9. http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/is-pharmacy-a-smart-career-choice/pharmaceutical 10. http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Operations & Management&d_id=53&i=October 2013&i_id=1006&a_id=24255 11. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/is-the-field-really-over-saturated.1074545/ 12. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2013/10/27/Pharmacy-schools-turning-out-too-many-grads/stories/201310270094 Want more? Just google "too many pharmacists" keyword in GOOGLE box. You'll hit at least 2 million hits... Updated: 6/11/14: Per requests, I am going to list the advantages/benefits of being a pharmacist: 1. You don't have to deal with blood, urine, smelly people. 2. You don't have to worry about being on call carrying a pager everyday (Most pharmacists are not on call, except some...like me...) 3. You don't bring work to home.