Advances in communication and health information technology will facilitate telehealth jobs. Pharmacy counseling and approving prescriptions can easily be provided remotely. There are websites where pharmacists can counsel patients over the internet and some employers already have virtual pharmacist positions. Oearn more about virtual jobs for pharmacists.
New pharmacy care models such as medication therapy management (MTM) will open an era of new pharmacist entrepreneurs and opportunities.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis do not have a cure and as more drugs are discovered for these conditions drug regimens will be more complex.
The number of practice settings where pharmacists can work provides many career options.
Pharmacists are highly compensated professionals. There are few healthcare jobs where you can receive over $100,000 without experience.
Pharmacy is a great profession for women. Forbes listed pharmacist as the number one paying job for women in 2013.
New health care models like the medical home will include pharmacists.
Pharmacists will eventually receive provider status from the Federal Government. The Affordable Healthcare Act may be the catalyst because more primary care healthcare providers will be needed and pharmacists are already providing primary care in many settings.
For those who want to preach doom and gloom, none of these reasons will convince them that the future looks bright for appropriately trained pharmacists. Pharmacists who want to lead, seize the moment, and pounce on new opportunities should prepare themselves through appropriate training and credentials. Follow the road less traveled and may you find the perfect pharmacy career that is waiting for you at the end of your journey.
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