Question from Reader:
“What Major Should I Choose for My Bachelors?”
My answer to this common question is simple. It does not matter what major you choose for Pharmacy School. Pharmacy schools do not really care what major you chose for your bachelors degree. They just want to make sure you fulfilled all the prerequisite courses required to apply. The only time I see this being of any significance is when you have an extremely competitive applicant pool to choose from. In these rare cases, a pharmacy school might pick and choose different majors that diversify the background knowledge of students in the classroom. However, as stated before, this would be rare.
The ideal situation is to get into pharmacy school without a bachelors degree. Why is this? By getting into pharmacy school earlier you saved 1, 2, or even more years of your life. Why waste additional years of your life in school, accruing more debt, and not earning income? That bachelors degree will not do you any good if your ultimate goal is to become a pharmacist. All you need is your doctorate of pharmacy and a pharmacist license to work. The best use for that bachelors degree will be decoration on your wall.
“What if I don’t get in and I no bachelors degree either?” If you fail to get in your first try, pick yourself up and try again! Do not fear failing. My suggestion is to talk to the pharmacy school and ask them what you can improve on for the next round of applications the following year. If you do not get in, just continue pursuing your bachelors degree. You have nothing to lose by applying early without a bachelors degree. If anything, it will give you more experience with interviews.
- Does not matter what major you choose for Pharmacy School
- Apply early as possible, do not wait to complete your bachelors degree
- Also Read: Pre-Pharmacy
I hope the recommendations above will help guide, motivate, and inspire you to achieve your goals. Follow my blog for more tips and advice on finances and being a pharmacist. What are your experiences? Please comment below and share your thoughts.
Starting as early as 2008, there were whispers going around about the pending pharmacist market saturation. I had concerns back in 2009 and started to question whether I would graduate with a job. There have been studies suggesting an impending doom for pharmacists in the future. Is this true? The answer is “maybe“. We can use data and history to make projections, however, projections do not equal outcomes.
Example: History tells us there is a major earthquake due in Seattle, WA within the next 300 years. It could easily stretch several thousand years from now, there is no way to predict the actual outcome. Another example would be the current bull run in the stock market is due for a correction. Every 7 years there has been a major correction evinced by history. Will it happen this year? Maybe. Thus projecting pharmacy saturation is a best guess estimate and does not equate to outcomes. There will be many factors contributing the overall pharmacist job market.
Is the Pharmacist Market Saturated?
Arguments for Pharmacist Saturation: Dr. Daniel Brown, PharmD wrote an article “A Looming Joblessness Crisis for New Pharmacy Graduates and the Implications it Holds for the Academy“. To break it down Dr. Brown suggests there will be a 20% unemployment rate for Continue reading
Thousands of pharmacists will graduate in the coming months. They will all join the work force either through residency programs or look for a new job. Often times we hear the advice to “go out and network”. There is no guidance or instruction on “How to Network in Pharmacy”. Many YouTube viewers and subscribers to this blog have asked this very question: “How do I Network in Pharmacy?”
How to Network in Pharmacy
The key approach to networking is being able to ask for help. A common misconception to asking for help is feeling that you are bothering someone. Some may feel that people will think less of them or it could be their own pride preventing them from asking for advice. Research from University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Science found that asking for advice is beneficial to networking. Why? It is a method of ego stroking. Asking for their advice makes the adviser feel important or smarter. Not only do you gain valuable insight and knowledge, this will help establish a network connection. This is the foundation to networking in pharmacy. Here is a 5 step process on how to network in pharmacy: Continue reading
Pharmacy residencies are optional coming out of pharmacy school. They are programs that expand a pharmacist’s skill set and experience at an accelerated rate. A pharmacy residency is highly recommended if you want to give your resume a slight edge, work in a hospital setting, or specialize in a specific area. It has been increasingly difficult for new pharmacists without residencies to get jobs outside of community pharmacy (retail pharmacy). Here is a link to the ASHP Residency Page: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas
Is a Pharmacy Residency worth it for Community Pharmacy?
It is officially 3 years since I graduated from Pharmacy School. It is crazy how fast time passes by once you start working. When I was in school it felt like an eternity. Every single day I dreamed of the day I would finally graduate and start working. Given the amount of hours I put in at work, my experience level is close to that of a 5 year veteran pharmacist. There have been ups and downs along the way. Learning from my mistakes and failures I want to share tips for a new pharmacist graduate: Continue reading
There has been a lot of feedback about my original article “Is Pharmacy School Worth it?” I decided to address all the complaints. Thus I will break down the math as simple as possible for those who got confused. Let’s do math together! Continue reading