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What are other pharmacy related careers besides Retail?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by SpaceHamsterBoo, Apr 30, 2012.

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  1. SpaceHamsterBoo

    SpaceHamsterBoo Banned Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2012
    I absolutely hate retail. I'm a very Type A oriented person and when I come to problems (rude customers, inefficient employees, mistakes, etc) I prefer to tackle them head on but the tech job I work is demoralizing and depressing. I lack any motivation to excel at my job, corporate culture runs deep, and my pharmacy is located in an a very affluent area and the nearby university hospital is within walking distance of the pharmacy I work at.

    Just yesterday, a customer's child asked for fries and chicken nuggets at my store's drive through.

    I don't think I can work in the retail setting; I'm a very science-oriented person and a field where I can do research or tackle difficult and engaging problems is one where I'd excel.

    Besides retail, what else is there in the field of pharmacy? Should I forget about pharmacy and study chemistry and hopefully apply for DO schools or become a researcher in Chemistry?
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
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  3. seaswim

    seaswim 2+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Have you used the search function? Not only on SDN, but also try Google.
  4. lauradiddle

    lauradiddle OU's Token Longhorn 2+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    That's like asking, "What are other pizza toppings besides cheese?"
  5. kcwang

    kcwang 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2010
  6. ACE Rx

    ACE Rx Super Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2011
    There are other fields in pharmacy besides retail? No way! :rolleyes:
  7. seaswim

    seaswim 2+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    I almost didn't believe it either! But the internet tells me there is, so it must be true!

    Wait, does that mean you can get pizzas with MORE than just cheese?? :eek:
  8. KARM12

    KARM12 Super Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    There are no areas other than retail.
  9. pharmaguide

    pharmaguide 5+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Correction. There are areas other than retail. There are no jobs other than retail, though. :laugh:
  10. Waffleguy

    Waffleguy 5+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Even within retail there is a lot of variation. I worked at an RX chain that sounds a lot like OP's store. I also worked at a small-town independent pharmacy... I hated the chain, but loved the independent. YYMV
  11. CareDD


    Dec 26, 2011
    You sound like a know-it-all person. Inefficient employees? Who cares dude, give them a break. Mistakes? everybody makes mistakes. Who cares if the child asking for fries, I thought that was cute.

    Yup, please go into Chemistry and become a researcher or somting
  12. rxlea

    rxlea Almost a unicorn Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    If you are going to excel at all in healthcare, whether it's pharmacy or not, you need to learn the importance of teamwork. No matter where you go, there will be all types of personalities to work with. There will also be varying degrees of work ethic and general capabilities. While it's important to have motivation to succeed/excel, it's equally important to focus on the most important part of the job: patient care. It seems your focus is on what the field can give you, not what you can give to the field. Yes, you'll want a rewarding career where you can feel useful and grow professionally but you need to be able to solve problems by working with others. It's all about the medical TEAM; not just what you think you know.

    Yes, jobs exist outside of retail but you're going to have to change your attitude if you're going to succeed in those jobs.

    Perhaps research is more up your alley but only you can decide that.
  13. kcwang

    kcwang 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Even research involves teamwork and dealing with people (from my experience in molecular biochemistry). Maybe Chemistry is different? I doubt it.

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