Nevada School of Pharmacy: Jobs And Respect, Right Out of School

By now you must have heard on the news how, as an entire generation of baby boomers ages, job opportunities in medical fields has exploded. Perhaps you have even considered going to school and gaining the skills to acquire an awesome job in the healthcare industry. If you’re looking into these options, I hope you’re also considering training to be a pharmacist. The demand for trained pharmacy professionals is increasing even more dramatically than the demand for doctors and nurses. At the same time, pharmacists are becoming more actively involved in the health care process as advisors in drug therapy decisions. Pharmacists get to work closely with people as well as stay on the cutting edge of new science and technology.

Pharmacists work in all kinds of professional settings. Most pharmacists work in community pharmacies, filling prescriptions and providing counseling to patients on the use of over the counter medications. Pharmacists also work in other health care environments including hospitals, nursing homes, managed care organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, colleges and schools, and the federal government. In all of these different areas, pharmacists play key leadership roles and hold positions of high importance and esteem. According to a 2003 poll, a majority of Americans rated pharmacists as having very high honesty and ethics. This reflects the great respect Americans hold for the pharmacists who care for them.

A licensed pharmacist can generally work in any state in the US, although some states require additional tests to transfer licensure between states. Pharmacists can often name their own work hours and can work part-time or during non-traditional times if they want. Because there is such a shortage of pharmacists, pharmacy students usually receive multiple job offers before they even graduate.

In addition to all these perks -- multiple job offers, flexible hours, respect, personal relationships, community involvement -- pharmacists are educated to recognize the signs and symptoms of a biological attack. This knowledge puts pharmacists in the forefront of defense against the risk bioterrorism. Thus, educated pharmacists will be in a position to play a major role in protecting the population should terrorists employ biological weapons against us.

If you are interested in starting a career in pharmacy, head over to and submit your application. We are taking applications from people interested in becoming not only Pharmacy Technicians, but virtually all Vocational Medical Related Positions. We will contact you as soon as a school has reviewed your application. In no way does filling out an application commit you to anything, but it could be the big break you've been waiting for!

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Anna Henningsgaard