We are here to answer the age-long question, can you have a successful career as a pharmacist and still maintain a great quality of life?
This is something almost everyone who is in pharmacy school would want to know. Sure, the paycheck that comes along with being a pharmacist is great, but that’s not all that this next generation cares about. The upcoming pharmacists and pharmacy technicians want to know what the work-life balance is and if it’s worth it in the end.
Obviously, there is no black and white, yes or no answer to this question because people’s opinions differ as to whether something is “worth it” or not. Not only are you choosing a career that is very intensive and important, but it’s also a career that is going to cost you several hundred thousand dollars just to obtain. So here’s somewhat of an answer for anyone who is looking for one.
Your Career Path
Your quality of life will probably depend greatly upon what type of pharmacy you choose to work in once you’ve graduated. If you enjoy spending time with family and having time off, you might not want to choose to work in a hospital setting that will run 24/7/365. This can also be true with retail pharmacy, as they operate long hours and are often open on weekends and holidays.
Another thing to consider is how much physical and mental stress matters to you. If you enjoy a challenge and never being bored, then a retail setting might be for you. Other pharmacists may spend their whole day sitting down.
The answer to this question truly depends upon what you define as a good balance of work and life. Once you have nailed down what is most important to you and what you are looking for in a job to maintain your happiness, then you can answer if being in the pharmacy world is right for you.
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