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Old 05-03-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Red face What are the prospects of a degree in pharmacy

truthfully...i wanna work in healthcare.but seldom heard of pharmacy..what r the prospects?

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:46 PM   #2
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Hi..i had just received my application results and i got pharmacy in NUS.. May i noe wat are the prospects of a pharmacist..wat is the pay like..and im NOT asking for starting pay cos i noe its around 3K plus..i just wanna noe if its easy to get pay rises when u work as a pharmacist and also bonuses...Oh yea...between teaching and pharmacist, which career has a better pay?
I don't think that starting pay of a pharmacist is around 3K plus. Maybe in the high 2K+. Unless you get honours. Most pharmacists do either routine jobs at pharmacies or do research. They can also do sales for drug companies. As for pay rises, I don't think it will differ very much from any other job.

I see that you are quite concerned with pay. But to choose between teaching and pharmacy, you have to choose what kind of satisfaction you want, and not really the pay. Pay wise I believe pharmacists get paid better, but you don't get the work satisfaction like you do from teaching. I think its better to pay attention to your interests first.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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I'm currently in nus pharm so thought it'll be useful for me to share. Well, starting paywise you're right it's somewhere arnd 2800-3200 or thereabouts, depending on where you work.

The options are quite wide with a pharmacy degree. You can work at hospitals where you'll do stuff like manage the pharmacy, train pharmacy technicians, go on ward rounds with docs, prepare parenteral solutions or any other medications that needs to be freshly prepared, advise other health professionals on drug interactions, side effects etc. You'll be pretty much everywhere. But work hours in hospitals are known to be crazy, with 3 shifts etc, with unmatching remuneration (crucial info if pay is v significant to you). Right now newly implemented, there's this specialty clinics run by pharmacists within hospitals. Basically, after doing your basic degree you'll have to go over to US to get a specialise in areas like anti-coagulation, oncology etc. You might have seen this in the papers.

Another sector often overlooked is the pharmaceutical industries. About half of every graduating class go into this. Here you'll be working with regulatory stuff and whereever your knowledge will deem valuable to the industry. Prospects are known to be better here although you'll miss out on patient care. Clinical trials are a new hit in Singapore where new drugs or drugs to be patented are tested and you can work here too.

Other sectors you can work in will be in academia, research, retail pharmacies, regulatory bodies like HSA. So basically it's a degree with plenty of opportunities depending on where your interests lie. But be prepared to be scorned at by the public because pharmacy is a severely under-understood profession. It has been changing quite alot recently, although pretty quietly and behind the public's eye. Another thing is if you really want to earn lots of money, do something else.
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Pharmacists are concerned with pharmaceutical products. They also deliver medicines as per doctor’s prescription and give instructions regarding the consumption of medicine. Pharmacists can find job opportunities with drug manufacturing companies, research organizations, dispensaries and medical stores.
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Hi,
I'm currently in nus pharm so thought it'll be useful for me to share. Well, starting paywise you're right it's somewhere arnd 2800-3200 or thereabouts, depending on where you work.

The options are quite wide with a pharmacy degree. You can work at hospitals where you'll do stuff like manage the pharmacy, train pharmacy technicians, go on ward rounds with docs, prepare parenteral solutions or any other medications that needs to be freshly prepared, advise other health professionals on drug interactions, side effects etc. You'll be pretty much everywhere. But work hours in hospitals are known to be crazy, with 3 shifts etc, with unmatching remuneration (crucial info if pay is v significant to you). Right now newly implemented, there's this specialty clinics run by pharmacists within hospitals. Basically, after doing your basic degree you'll have to go over to US to get a specialise in areas like anti-coagulation, oncology etc. You might have seen this in the papers.

Another sector often overlooked is the pharmaceutical industries. About half of every graduating class go into this. Here you'll be working with regulatory stuff and whereever your knowledge will deem valuable to the industry. Prospects are known to be better here although you'll miss out on patient care. Clinical trials are a new hit in Singapore where new drugs or drugs to be patented are tested and you can work here too.

Other sectors you can work in will be in academia, research, retail pharmacies, regulatory bodies like HSA. So basically it's a degree with plenty of opportunities depending on where your interests lie. But be prepared to be scorned at by the public because pharmacy is a severely under-understood profession. It has been changing quite alot recently, although pretty quietly and behind the public's eye. Another thing is if you really want to earn lots of money, do something else.
ic.. dat sounds interesting.. i heard that it is not easy to get into pharmacy in nus right?
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ic.. dat sounds interesting.. i heard that it is not easy to get into pharmacy in nus right?
Competition is quite stiff. About 80 places per year. You should roughly know what to expect
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:04 AM   #7
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HI! Im already in NUS pharmacy, and have since loved the environment in pharm=) I learned more about the works of a pharmacist and now think of it as something that i would definitely love to do in the future=) I'd like to specialize in infectious disease and would definitely encourage anyone out there to try pharmacy if you are a kind of person who loves working with patients etc=) Thank you for alll the comments poted in this thread.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:06 AM   #8
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actually, my class strength is abt 120++
they're trying to increase the no. of pharmacist in Singapore due to the shortage. And furthermore, the rate of employment for pharmacy students is abt 400%. 1 pharmacy student is being sought after by 4 employers..roughly..that's wat i heard..
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Ah so the intake increased. Back in 2007, saw the prospectus and it said the intake was only 80. All better now then
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Haha ic... Thx a lot for the information.. hope i can get into pharmacy when i received my results on fri..
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