jason8821 wrote:As I pointed out in my post, I tried to enunciate "even" Pharmacy people could suffer in the future. This is the one true field where barring the use of automated machines for quality assurance, this field will probably continue to prosper, but my theory although a little far fetched is that even pharmacy will at some point balance it's self out. I too know two people in pharmacy making good money, and working 40ish hour weeks, people will find this out, and intelligent/prudent high school, young college students will begin considering this career path over the alternatives. At some point people it will be known that the average pharmacist not only makes more than the average lawyer, but works significantly less in a lot of cases.
I don’t know where people come up with this machines are going to replace pharmacists crap but that’s never going to happen. State laws require at least one pharmacist to be present when prescription drugs are being dispensed. All the big retail stores have exactly one pharmacist present while drugs are being dispensed. Anyway, pharmacists don’t actually fill drugs at all. The pharmacy tech does. The pharmacist is just there to 1) answer questions that a customer has (because he is the only one there qualified to answer those) 2) make sure the pharm tech’s are doing their jobs right and that the right pill is in the right bottle, etc.
Pharmacists actually make significantly more than what a biglaw associate does when you break it down per hour. Pharmacists at Walgreens in Chicago, e.g., start at $108K year, pharmacy managers start at $120K (heavy emphasis on that being the starting pay), and they never work a minute over 40 hours a week, unless they get called in because there is no one else to work the shift, in which case they get time and a half (not good for retailers so they try to avoid this as much as possible but there just isn’t enough pharmacists to avoid it right now).
Pharmacy is booming right now because all the baby boomers are retiring/getting older and there need to be someone to fill their prescriptions. However, I suspect there will be an oversupply as a result of flooding the market with them right now (because they are heavily demanded right now) in another 20 years or so once all the baby boomers die off and the spike of population makes its way out our pipeline.
However, you are wrong about the “people will find this out, and intelligent/prudent high school, young college students will begin considering this career path over the alternatives” because I really don’t think the typical person in law school definitely is bright enough to cut it through pharmacy school. Most law students are BAs in some type of liberal arts major and find law school challenging in comparison to UG. However, spending a couple years towards pre-pharmacy I can honestly say that most people in law school are practically mentally handicapped in comparison. Also the law curriculum is a complete joke in comparison to the difficulty level of a lot of the science classes pharmacists take (it’s pretty much like becoming a doctor but only doing a lot more boring and uninteresting work at the end – and the mind-numbingly boring job might be another reason why even really bright people may not want to become a pharmacist).