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Unread 02-15-2013, 01:43 PMJoined Aug 2004 - away - #21
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Originally Posted by RustyLorcin
I know carpenters making 250k+ a year profit running their own business.

A product or a service in this case trade school with good marketing will always win. Plus the dude running his own business does not have to answer to anyone or put up some dumb white robe and show up to work in Walgreens.

who cares about a high salary if at the end of the day you are still a slave who's dependent on on a platform (the pharmacy) to make money.

The man who can create money outlasts the one who can only make it.

What percentage of carpenters are making close to 100 K? Even union guys aren't clearing that now a days.

55% Of new start up businesses fail within the first year.

And I'd rather be a "slave" with a Salary then doing laboring most of my life, and not being able to enjoy my later years.

Work smarter, not harder you fu*king moron.
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Originally Posted by Counterfeit215
What percentage of carpenters are making close to 100 K? Even union guys aren't clearing that now a days.

55% Of new start up businesses fail within the first year.

And I'd rather be a "slave" with a Salary then doing laboring most of my life, and not being able to enjoy my later years.

Work smarter, not harder you fu*king moron.
It's called subcontracting production, technically you aren't doing any labor, this is how a business is created. you are calling me a moron yet you are bringing up stats of carpenters that are working in a union which is not even what we are discussing, there's a difference in a carpenter that produces cabinets for homes and some dude breaking his back at a job site.

I'll take my chances on that 45% chance of true freedom.

fu*king slave

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I am a pharmacist. Let me give you some pros and cons here, so you really know what you are getting into.

1st: You need to have a passion for pharmacy. I spent my first two years working in retail (CVS and Walgreens). The money was great, but it was too routine. Plus I had to deal with angry patients who didn't mind waiting at the physician's office, but it was too much to wait for me to fill their prescription. Go and shadow a pharmacist in different areas to make sure this is what you want to do.

Cons:
As someone mentioned here, it is about time management. I was taking 9 classes my first semester of pharmacy school, and was expected to do community service work, and do an internship for the 1st 3 Tuesdays. My time management skills were horrible then. I relied heavily on energy drinks, and that stopped working (lol I woke up one night still holding a half of can). If you fall behind on studying, you are screwed. The amount of information that they will throw at you is impossible to memorize last min.

Also as someone suggested, go to a school that's been open for quite some time. Right now there are still pharmacy schools opening. This is becoming a huge problem, because retail pharmacy is becoming saturated. These schools began opening because Walgreens and CVS were going to open 10,000 stores a piece, and they were attempting to fill that void. CVS and Walgreens changed their plans once the economy took a turn for the worse.

Walmart is another factor that play apart in retail saturation. Walmart sells its generic meds for $4 knowing they won't make much of a profit off of it. They know that people will not mind waiting 30 mins there and know they will shop while they wait (this is where they make their money). Stores like CVS and Walgreens can't do that. If they were to sell generic meds at $4, there wouldn't be enough profit to pay the pharmacists and the techs to run the place. They can't use Walmart's strategy, because they do not have a big store like Walmart that sell a lot of items at a discounted price. You can only imagine what this type of practice is doing to mom and pop pharmacy stores. Insurance is another problem, but I won't go into that.

I now work in the hospital setting. The big headache are the nurses. Yes, there is a silent war that goes on between pharmacists and nurses (depending which hospital you are at). They feel we think we know it all when it comes to meds. We should since we went to school 3 to 4 years for it. One nurse called the pharmacy and asked me: "how do I make a 5mg tablet into a 25mg tablet." When I told her that was like asking me how to make one cookie into five cookies, she got angry at me. LOL... I digress..

At one point, all you had to do was graduate pharmacy school, pass the boards and there would be jobs lined up at your door offering sign on bonuses. Now, it's not like that any more...

Pros:
I love working in the hospital. I am a clinical pharmacist. I work mostly in the psych ward, but I help in other areas too. Just seeing how you help change a person health is a great experience. Yes, the money is good (not as great as retail), but honestly, I didn't get into pharmacy for the money. I enjoy helping people. When I make my rounds and I see patients in a coma, and when I come back a few days later and see that same patient awake, it makes me smile. It is a great feeling knowing that I played a part in helping save someone's family member life.
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Originally Posted by me707
I am a pharmacist. Let me give you some pros and cons here, so you really know what you are getting into.

1st: You need to have a passion for pharmacy. I spent my first two years working in retail (CVS and Walgreens). The money was great, but it was too routine. Plus I had to deal with angry patients who didn't mind waiting at the physician's office, but it was too much to wait for me to fill their prescription. Go and shadow a pharmacist in different areas to make sure this is what you want to do.

Cons:
As someone mentioned here, it is about time management. I was taking 9 classes my first semester of pharmacy school, and was expected to do community service work, and do an internship for the 1st 3 Tuesdays. My time management skills were horrible then. I relied heavily on energy drinks, and that stopped working (lol I woke up one night still holding a half of can). If you fall behind on studying, you are screwed. The amount of information that they will throw at you is impossible to memorize last min.

Also as someone suggested, go to a school that's been open for quite some time. Right now there are still pharmacy schools opening. This is becoming a huge problem, because retail pharmacy is becoming saturated. These schools began opening because Walgreens and CVS were going to open 10,000 stores a piece, and they were attempting to fill that void. CVS and Walgreens changed their plans once the economy took a turn for the worse.

Walmart is another factor that play apart in retail saturation. Walmart sells its generic meds for $4 knowing they won't make much of a profit off of it. They know that people will not mind waiting 30 mins there and know they will shop while they wait (this is where they make their money). Stores like CVS and Walgreens can't do that. If they were to sell generic meds at $4, there wouldn't be enough profit to pay the pharmacists and the techs to run the place. They can't use Walmart's strategy, because they do not have a big store like Walmart that sell a lot of items at a discounted price. You can only imagine what this type of practice is doing to mom and pop pharmacy stores. Insurance is another problem, but I won't go into that.

I now work in the hospital setting. The big headache are the nurses. Yes, there is a silent war that goes on between pharmacists and nurses (depending which hospital you are at). They feel we think we know it all when it comes to meds. We should since we went to school 3 to 4 years for it. One nurse called the pharmacy and asked me: "how do I make a 5mg tablet into a 25mg tablet." When I told her that was like asking me how to make one cookie into five cookies, she got angry at me. LOL... I digress..

At one point, all you had to do was graduate pharmacy school, pass the boards and there would be jobs lined up at your door offering sign on bonuses. Now, it's not like that any more...

Pros:
I love working in the hospital. I am a clinical pharmacist. I work mostly in the psych ward, but I help in other areas too. Just seeing how you help change a person health is a great experience. Yes, the money is good (not as great as retail), but honestly, I didn't get into pharmacy for the money. I enjoy helping people. When I make my rounds and I see patients in a coma, and when I come back a few days later and see that same patient awake, it makes me smile. It is a great feeling knowing that I played a part in helping save someone's family member life.
n*gga, just tell us how much you make
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Originally Posted by Crankdatkfc
n*gga, just tell us how much you make
BX is fu*king ruthless
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Originally Posted by Counterfeit215
What percentage of carpenters are making close to 100 K? Even union guys aren't clearing that now a days.

55% Of new start up businesses fail within the first year.

And I'd rather be a "slave" with a Salary then doing laboring most of my life, and not being able to enjoy my later years.

Work smarter, not harder you fu*king moron.
dont let this guy derail this thread man...ignore him
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:45 PMJoined Oct 2011 - away - #27
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I'm actually applying to pharmacy schools this fall after i take the pcat.
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my moms a pharmacist and she balls
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Originally Posted by 253xLonghair3
national average 112k


but I am always above average in anything I do
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Originally Posted by me707
I am a pharmacist. Let me give you some pros and cons here, so you really know what you are getting into.

1st: You need to have a passion for pharmacy. I spent my first two years working in retail (CVS and Walgreens). The money was great, but it was too routine. Plus I had to deal with angry patients who didn't mind waiting at the physician's office, but it was too much to wait for me to fill their prescription. Go and shadow a pharmacist in different areas to make sure this is what you want to do.

Cons:
As someone mentioned here, it is about time management. I was taking 9 classes my first semester of pharmacy school, and was expected to do community service work, and do an internship for the 1st 3 Tuesdays. My time management skills were horrible then. I relied heavily on energy drinks, and that stopped working (lol I woke up one night still holding a half of can). If you fall behind on studying, you are screwed. The amount of information that they will throw at you is impossible to memorize last min.

Also as someone suggested, go to a school that's been open for quite some time. Right now there are still pharmacy schools opening. This is becoming a huge problem, because retail pharmacy is becoming saturated. These schools began opening because Walgreens and CVS were going to open 10,000 stores a piece, and they were attempting to fill that void. CVS and Walgreens changed their plans once the economy took a turn for the worse.

Walmart is another factor that play apart in retail saturation. Walmart sells its generic meds for $4 knowing they won't make much of a profit off of it. They know that people will not mind waiting 30 mins there and know they will shop while they wait (this is where they make their money). Stores like CVS and Walgreens can't do that. If they were to sell generic meds at $4, there wouldn't be enough profit to pay the pharmacists and the techs to run the place. They can't use Walmart's strategy, because they do not have a big store like Walmart that sell a lot of items at a discounted price. You can only imagine what this type of practice is doing to mom and pop pharmacy stores. Insurance is another problem, but I won't go into that.

I now work in the hospital setting. The big headache are the nurses. Yes, there is a silent war that goes on between pharmacists and nurses (depending which hospital you are at). They feel we think we know it all when it comes to meds. We should since we went to school 3 to 4 years for it. One nurse called the pharmacy and asked me: "how do I make a 5mg tablet into a 25mg tablet." When I told her that was like asking me how to make one cookie into five cookies, she got angry at me. LOL... I digress..

At one point, all you had to do was graduate pharmacy school, pass the boards and there would be jobs lined up at your door offering sign on bonuses. Now, it's not like that any more...

Pros:
I love working in the hospital. I am a clinical pharmacist. I work mostly in the psych ward, but I help in other areas too. Just seeing how you help change a person health is a great experience. Yes, the money is good (not as great as retail), but honestly, I didn't get into pharmacy for the money. I enjoy helping people. When I make my rounds and I see patients in a coma, and when I come back a few days later and see that same patient awake, it makes me smile. It is a great feeling knowing that I played a part in helping save someone's family member life.
Appreciate the great input. I work at the hospital as a technician and that thing about the nurses is spot on. I'm taking a different route from pharmacy and going to PA school
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Originally Posted by me707
I am a pharmacist. Let me give you some pros and cons here, so you really know what you are getting into.

1st: You need to have a passion for pharmacy. I spent my first two years working in retail (CVS and Walgreens). The money was great, but it was too routine. Plus I had to deal with angry patients who didn't mind waiting at the physician's office, but it was too much to wait for me to fill their prescription. Go and shadow a pharmacist in different areas to make sure this is what you want to do.

Cons:
As someone mentioned here, it is about time management. I was taking 9 classes my first semester of pharmacy school, and was expected to do community service work, and do an internship for the 1st 3 Tuesdays. My time management skills were horrible then. I relied heavily on energy drinks, and that stopped working (lol I woke up one night still holding a half of can). If you fall behind on studying, you are screwed. The amount of information that they will throw at you is impossible to memorize last min.

Also as someone suggested, go to a school that's been open for quite some time. Right now there are still pharmacy schools opening. This is becoming a huge problem, because retail pharmacy is becoming saturated. These schools began opening because Walgreens and CVS were going to open 10,000 stores a piece, and they were attempting to fill that void. CVS and Walgreens changed their plans once the economy took a turn for the worse.

Walmart is another factor that play apart in retail saturation. Walmart sells its generic meds for $4 knowing they won't make much of a profit off of it. They know that people will not mind waiting 30 mins there and know they will shop while they wait (this is where they make their money). Stores like CVS and Walgreens can't do that. If they were to sell generic meds at $4, there wouldn't be enough profit to pay the pharmacists and the techs to run the place. They can't use Walmart's strategy, because they do not have a big store like Walmart that sell a lot of items at a discounted price. You can only imagine what this type of practice is doing to mom and pop pharmacy stores. Insurance is another problem, but I won't go into that.

I now work in the hospital setting. The big headache are the nurses. Yes, there is a silent war that goes on between pharmacists and nurses (depending which hospital you are at). They feel we think we know it all when it comes to meds. We should since we went to school 3 to 4 years for it. One nurse called the pharmacy and asked me: "how do I make a 5mg tablet into a 25mg tablet." When I told her that was like asking me how to make one cookie into five cookies, she got angry at me. LOL... I digress..

At one point, all you had to do was graduate pharmacy school, pass the boards and there would be jobs lined up at your door offering sign on bonuses. Now, it's not like that any more...

Pros:
I love working in the hospital. I am a clinical pharmacist. I work mostly in the psych ward, but I help in other areas too. Just seeing how you help change a person health is a great experience. Yes, the money is good (not as great as retail), but honestly, I didn't get into pharmacy for the money. I enjoy helping people. When I make my rounds and I see patients in a coma, and when I come back a few days later and see that same patient awake, it makes me smile. It is a great feeling knowing that I played a part in helping save someone's family member life.
Yea I definitely hear you on us nurses. Coming straight out of school I had a lot of questions about meds and things of that nature that other nurses and MD's couldn't answer. Often times I would call the pharmacist and they didn't have an exact answer either. I've learned since then. We all know a little bit but together we know alot.
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Don't do anything in life for just the money. Do it cause you love it and it won't feel like work.
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Been a pharmacist for ~8 months and love it so far. School was tough and not as fun of an experience as most kids have, but like others have said, it is just a lot of memorization and time management.
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Originally Posted by Blockburner28
Don't do anything in life for just the money. Do it cause you love it and it won't feel like work.
or just make sure that you have a great after hours from work life (good hobbies)..

but I do like my job...love..unless you own your own business or in a social service career then I don't think anyone loves their job..
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