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I am looking into pharmacy school and I may be getting a bit too far ahead, but what specialty is booming right now? Currently I am not sure what specialty I want to do and will probably figure out during rotations...but I just want to know what I am getting into. So far I don't think I want to work in a chain store/supermarket because *no offense* but they don't seem prestigious positions. I just feel like I wouldn't be showcasing my PharmD. Ideally I think I want to be as close as possible to the medical aspect of pharmacy by working in hospitals and such.

Additionally, which specialty has the best compensation?

Any comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 

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I am looking into pharmacy school and I may be getting a bit too far ahead, but what specialty is booming right now? Currently I am not sure what specialty I want to do and will probably figure out during rotations...but I just want to know what I am getting into. So far I don't think I want to work in a chain store/supermarket because *no offense* but they don't seem prestigious positions. I just feel like I wouldn't be showcasing my PharmD. Ideally I think I want to be as close as possible to the medical aspect of pharmacy by working in hospitals and such.

Additionally, which specialty has the best compensation?

Any comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
And in another thread...

Sorry if this post should belong in the "What are my Chances" thread, but I felt it be better to start a new thread as I am still in high school.

Anyways, I am currently a junior in high school and am looking into applying to a pharmacy school next year, particularly those schools offering the 0-6 programs. At this time I am mainly looking into (1) Rutgers and (2) USP. Also, even though these schools don't require LOR's or essays, should I still send them in? Futhermore, what about SAT II? Do I need to or should I take them?
 

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I hear a Nuclear Pharmacist Anesthesist is popular right now.
 
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i admire that you think that far ahead. People need to give you a chance in my opinion. the fact that you worry about what it will be like after your long journey seems to be important to consider right now. You did the right thing about asking about it and while there is a lot of game left to play, at least knowing how you want to end up and you want to know what thats like i think is a good thing. Dont listen to the others.

i don't think its fair to say what field is hot right now that will pay out the most or even be the best fit for you. If you are good at what you do and you like what you do, good things will happen. Pay and salaries seem not to vary by much; unlike our physician counterparts.


That being said, find a topic you like and pursue it via a fellowship or residency. Until you get into that position, my advice is to keep your grades in pharmacy school as high as you can and get involved in everything.


these are the recognized specialties:
http://www.bpsweb.org/specialties/specialties.cfm
however there are others that people will specialize in and you can do that via a fellowship: neurology, infectious disease, cardiology, nephrology, rejections, etc....
 
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And in another thread...


I hear a Nuclear Pharmacist Anesthesist is popular right now.
You forgot pharmist-cardiologist.
First off, I am going to be a senior this coming fall and so I will be applying to college hoping to get into a 0-6 pharmacy program. So this is not as far fetched as you may think. Additionally, whats wrong with doing some research and thinking ahead? I wasn't expecting such remarks from this forum...
 
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i admire that you think that far ahead. People need to give you a chance in my opinion. the fact that you worry about what it will be like after your long journey seems to be important to consider right now. You did the right thing about asking about it and while there is a lot of game left to play, at least knowing how you want to end up and you want to know what thats like i think is a good thing. Dont listen to the others.

i don't think its fair to say what field is hot right now that will pay out the most or even be the best fit for you. If you are good at what you do and you like what you do, good things will happen. Pay and salaries seem not to vary by much; unlike our physician counterparts.


That being said, find a topic you like and pursue it via a fellowship or residency. Until you get into that position, my advice is to keep your grades in pharmacy school as high as you can and get involved in everything.


these are the recognized specialties:
http://www.bpsweb.org/specialties/specialties.cfm
however there are others that people will specialize in and you can do that via a fellowship: neurology, infectious disease, cardiology, nephrology, rejections, etc....
I appreciate your input and thank you for taking my thread seriously. Reading the Pfizer guide: http://pharmacy.samford.edu/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=412 got me thinking of what I would like to become and so I posted this thread in order to get some feedback from people in specialties and current pharm students. So thank you.
 

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I appreciate your input and thank you for taking my thread seriously. Reading the Pfizer guide: http://pharmacy.samford.edu/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=412 got me thinking of what I would like to become and so I posted this thread in order to get some feedback from people in specialties and current pharm students. So thank you.
you aren't limited to just those specialties, you can become a specialist in any field that you want via a fellowship and then conduct clinical research and clinical trials in that field as well as serving as a clinical pharmacist in that field. I know that it happens because I have a job with a couple of pharmacists doing just that. The academic teaching door can open this way too.

just food for thought
 

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We're less snarky in pre-pharm... Not all jaded and cranky yet.
 

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There are a ton of specialties you can choose. I do not think you should be picking your specialty based on what is booming.What is booming today might be going down in few years when you are ready to graduate from pharmacy school. In pharmacy school, you will find which therapy topics you enjoy learning more and you will be able to make much better decision then. Plus, do not forget that during the last year of your pharmacy education you are required to have rotations and I think they might be eye opening as well.
 

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You should be thinking about these things in grade school...seriously. It is not at all premature for you to understand a profession that you will enter and work in, perhaps for the rest of your life. Good on you.

One more thing, you mentioned "prestige," whatever that means, and "compensation." Do realize that sometimes you may have to sacrifice some of one to get the other.
 
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