How to Become a Pharmacist

Recorded Tuesday, January 5 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Interested in a medical career that isn't being a doctor, nurse, or therapist? Do you excel in the hard sciences but want to avoid medical school? Have good attention to detail and organizational skills? If so, pharmacy might be the right career for you.

Join Elias Miller as we discuss the requirements needed to become a pharmacist from high school to college and beyond. Learn more about how to obtain the proper schooling and licensing and secure a job in this field. We'll also cover important career-related information regarding typical salary and daily tasks on the job.

Check out our deep dive into this career path for a better idea of what to expect when you pursue pharmacy, and how to maximize your chances of having a successful and fulfilling career.

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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

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13:35@anonymous:What was the upper number, sorry I didn't hear..
15:23@anonymous:Can I watch this live stream on your website later on?
32:13@anonymous:How much does a Pharmacist make out of college?
32:50@anonymous:When is Q and A?
32:58@anonymous:Why does math matter when we won't be doing it in the real world
34:07@anonymous:Pharmacy is the easiest 6 figure paying job and the shortest amount of time?
36:29@anonymous:please talk about job saturation because its an issue
36:37@cturner111:I’ve read the outlook for the pharmacy a year Carter field in bleak. Is this true?
37:15@anonymous:Can a Pharm D. get a job at a pharmaceutical company?
37:31@TRIBLEnthusiast:Do you know what it will take to create your own pharmacy business? It is okay if you do not.
38:01@anonymous:Do you know what's funny? More people are doing PA AND PHARMACY more a THAN DOCTOR
38:30@cturner111:Should you consider leveraging your pre school pharmacy work towards Physician Assistant
39:10@anonymous:Can you join a pharmacy school, without a Bachelor's degree in a science? Thank you!
50:59@anonymous:DISPENSARY IS DYING?? I heard that by 2030 robots will take over the job of dispensing!!!!!
53:07@anonymous:Does the pharmacist actually do compounding or do they just measure out pills or liquids?
53:59@GinaS:Awesome job. I'm a PharmD, PhD academic...parent watching on behalf of my son. Thank you.
54:18@GinaS:Pharmacists will always have to verify the right Rx is being dispensed to the right patient. Yes, fewer pharmacists needed, but always will need someone capable of overseeing this.
54:36@anonymous:What about being a pharmacist for the state? like not these companies but the actual state.
54:50@cturner111:Thanks you answered my question
54:56@anonymous:Does that give you a BS under the combined degree programs?
55:23@anonymous:Any in Florida that you know?
56:53@anonymous:What are advising hours?
57:31@anonymous:are you a pharmacists? give us some of your personal experience
57:58@GinaS:Yes, each state has a Department of Public Health that may hire pharmacists.
58:07@anonymous:How do I find your advising hours?
59:41@BriannaM:How would one go about finding experience? ex. shadowing a pharmacist
60:30@anonymous:Hey Man, you seem like a pretty chill dude. Goof stuff bro.
60:37@anonymous:Being a pharmacists sounds nice but I am afraid I wont be able to find a job
62:23@anonymous:Man I see you with that Harvard degree :) OKKKKKKK


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