Originally Posted by austinite
Pharmacy salaries can start in the $120k area.
I feel like the work would be immensely depressing, but I can't imagine that there is a better route to a high starting salary. Consider that we are talking about a 40 hr/week job that can be obtained with 6 total years of school and much less debt than Law School.
I think the only way to beat that (with a job that has reasonable working hours) is throwing down a 4.0 in an undergrad engineering program, but that is extremely difficult.
My brother is a pharmacist and that's roughly what he started out at. Depending on what situation you are in, you can either be overworked or under worked. Walmart for example usually has a high work flow rate whereas kmart you sit around doing nothing all day, which in some ways can be worse because the time passes so slowly. As for it being a depressing job, my brother says he loves it. He gets mad because I think pharmacists are overpaid for what they do and he insists it's not just counting pills, but every time I've visited him that's exactly what he's doing.
As for me, I started out as a lab rat at 30k and after 2 years and training I was in the 45k area. IMO that was not right as there were Med Techs with associate degrees from shit schools that made more money than me with my good school 4 year degree and mountain of debt. After that I decided I was going to pursue another field where I could make a lot more money.