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Hey guys, I was wondering whether I could get some of your thoughts on this.

For starters, I love both pharmacy and computer science. I recently received an offer to a pharmacy school at UBC, and although I'm really proud, I'm hesitating on whether I should accept it. As many of you guys may have heard, the job market for pharmacists is not that great now, with wages falling to the mid 30s and full time positions being hard to find unless you move to more rural areas, which isn't something I see myself doing.

However, computer science is another field I'm extremely interested in and I loved the elective CS courses I've taken in the past.  Also, I always hear stories about the CS job market being really good with much more room for advancement. However, most of these stories are about USA, and I've heard from some people that CS isn't that good in Canada.

I have such a big headache deciding on what I should pursue, and I was wondering what you guys think. Any feedback and thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Are you open to potentially moving to the USA? Would you enjoy the work environment and pace more for CS or pharmacy? What kind of a career path do you see yourself pursuing in both fields? How much stability do you want? Do you care these two careers have different cielings in income and advancement? Which path will likely lead to a lifestyle that's more congruent with what you want?

These are all things to think about. 

 

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On 6/4/2019 at 7:26 PM, inadilemma123 said:

Hey guys, I was wondering whether I could get some of your thoughts on this.

For starters, I love both pharmacy and computer science. I recently received an offer to a pharmacy school at UBC, and although I'm really proud, I'm hesitating on whether I should accept it. As many of you guys may have heard, the job market for pharmacists is not that great now, with wages falling to the mid 30s and full time positions being hard to find unless you move to more rural areas, which isn't something I see myself doing.

However, computer science is another field I'm extremely interested in and I loved the elective CS courses I've taken in the past.  Also, I always hear stories about the CS job market being really good with much more room for advancement. However, most of these stories are about USA, and I've heard from some people that CS isn't that good in Canada.

I have such a big headache deciding on what I should pursue, and I was wondering what you guys think. Any feedback and thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Do not do pharmacy... do not do not do not. Do computer science. 

Pharmacy is uniquely competitive in only Canada and no where else in the world. It is such only because there are a lot of people who blindly pursue a life science degree with vague hope of pursuing medicine. Eventually they need to find a job and choose pharmacy which drives up competition but this is not because the job is actually a great gig. 

Warning, trash talk ahead.. 

Pharmacy itself is actually quite a boring job and it is also usually a dead end job. Most pharmacists work for a local pharmacy, wiling their days away behind a pharmacy counter for the rest of their lives. Being a hospital pharmacist is considered a competitive job, but all the hospital pharmacists really end up do is round endlessly with teams rattling off medications or paging busy overworked residents to meekly discuss missed medications only to be dismissed by said busy resident because its just a few home meds why am i getting paged about this at 2am. Even when you are 50 you will still be meekly discussing medication concerns to dismissive 26 year old PGY-1s and rounding endlessly which is a job most residents hate and can't wait to stop doing. Pharmacists are bloody brilliant with their medication knowledge of course and immensely helpful to the team, but I just can't help but feel bad for them because of what their job entails. With that being said, i'm sure there are plenty of pharmacy opportunities that are more interesting and exciting that I am not aware of, but the two pathways that I do know of sound really depressing and boring to me of course that is just me. 

Computer science will pay better, give you more opportunities and if you love it it can take you to great places. You can get a great job in the US, in big cities in Canada, good pay and live a good life. Don't do pharmacy. 

 

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On 6/9/2019 at 8:00 PM, Edict said:

Do not do pharmacy... do not do not do not. Do computer science. 

Pharmacy is uniquely competitive in only Canada and no where else in the world. It is such only because there are a lot of people who blindly pursue a life science degree with vague hope of pursuing medicine. Eventually they need to find a job and choose pharmacy which drives up competition but this is not because the job is actually a great gig. 

Warning, trash talk ahead.. 

Pharmacy itself is actually quite a boring job and it is also usually a dead end job. Most pharmacists work for a local pharmacy, wiling their days away behind a pharmacy counter for the rest of their lives. Being a hospital pharmacist is considered a competitive job, but all the hospital pharmacists really end up do is round endlessly with teams rattling off medications or paging busy overworked residents to meekly discuss missed medications only to be dismissed by said busy resident because its just a few home meds why am i getting paged about this at 2am. Even when you are 50 you will still be meekly discussing medication concerns to dismissive 26 year old PGY-1s and rounding endlessly which is a job most residents hate and can't wait to stop doing. Pharmacists are bloody brilliant with their medication knowledge of course and immensely helpful to the team, but I just can't help but feel bad for them because of what their job entails. With that being said, i'm sure there are plenty of pharmacy opportunities that are more interesting and exciting that I am not aware of, but the two pathways that I do know of sound really depressing and boring to me of course that is just me. 

Computer science will pay better, give you more opportunities and if you love it it can take you to great places. You can get a great job in the US, in big cities in Canada, good pay and live a good life. Don't do pharmacy. 

 

Holy crap, the amount of assumptions and ignorance in this post is astounding. 

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13 hours ago, Thunderbirds said:

Holy crap, the amount of assumptions and ignorance in this post is astounding. 

I can understand that he gave a very opinionated and potentially non factual OPINION but calling someone/something ignorant without justification is a bit...questionable?

On 6/4/2019 at 7:26 PM, inadilemma123 said:

Hey guys, I was wondering whether I could get some of your thoughts on this.

For starters, I love both pharmacy and computer science. I recently received an offer to a pharmacy school at UBC, and although I'm really proud, I'm hesitating on whether I should accept it. As many of you guys may have heard, the job market for pharmacists is not that great now, with wages falling to the mid 30s and full time positions being hard to find unless you move to more rural areas, which isn't something I see myself doing.

However, computer science is another field I'm extremely interested in and I loved the elective CS courses I've taken in the past.  Also, I always hear stories about the CS job market being really good with much more room for advancement. However, most of these stories are about USA, and I've heard from some people that CS isn't that good in Canada.

I have such a big headache deciding on what I should pursue, and I was wondering what you guys think. Any feedback and thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Do you have the mind of a business man? A lot of pharmacists open their own establishment. Is that something you see yourself doing? What kind of lifestyle do you want to lead? Do you want to be closer to healthcare/science or do you see yourself working on projects, possibly switching jobs often/working on contracts, working for companies/governments etc. 

A pharmacist and programmer have very different lifestyle! Think about what you seek on a day to day basis and decided off of that. I have a lot of friends in computer sciences and most got hired before they even had a degree! Computer science is also a very transferable skill and you can work in literally every country. Do you want to travel a lot? Every country has different pharmacy regulation so moving to a different country as a pharmacist would be more difficult. But also I think that people make the pharmacy job market appear a lot worse than it really is. However keep in mind that if you want to have a lot of job options with a pharmacy degree you may still have to do a PhD afterwards (to work at hospitals, at the government, a pharmacy company etc.).

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