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As far as clinical work and expanding scope of practice this is an exciting time for pharmacists. MTM services are expanding, clinical pharmacy is expanding, and as the PCP physician shortage gets worse there is going to be more and more managed care done by pharmacists. The biggest limiting step behind this is insurance billing issues, but there is a strong initiative to change this and more areas are reimbursing for MTM and clinical services now and this is only expected to increase. APHA has done a good job with pushing for Medicare reform to see this done nationally and the Surgeon General has approved a report calling for an expanding role of pharmacists in various healthcare settings. In nearly all states pharmacists can immunize and enter into CPA's like an NP or PA can. It's very commonplace in federal institutions like the VA and IHS. More residency opportunities are opening up, more pharmacists are doing residencies, and more clinical jobs are popping up with insurance billing reform expected to happen within 5 years (if not sooner). As these jobs open up there will be more pharmacists going into the clinical field over the community field which will increase demand. Many say the increased coverage of the ACA will also help boost things especially considering that as time goes on the amount of prescription drugs being taken is increasing along with an aging population and more chronic conditions being prevalent in America (largely due to the obesity problem). The market fluctuates, with the recession and uncertainty in healthcare things took a dip for a while but it's expected to pop back. I'll agree though that the chains want to pay less and have more of a hiring pool, but salaries have held stable throughout the market dip and unemployment for pharmacists is still well below the national average (below 2% I believe, figures from 2011 say 1.2%). Although my goal is to be a pharmacist, I love pharmacology, physiology, and helping patients. If for some reason pharmacy doesn't work out I'll go into research or go back and get an MD/DO or become a PA. The BLS still predicts a 25% increase in pharmacist jobs between 2010-2020 at a faster than average pace.
Last edited by digsbe; 05-28-13 at 11:47 PM.