I love Chemistry and I'll be taking it next year as a Junior in high school. I really would like to become a pharmacist, but I get discouraged because everyone tells me that it is a stressful job and that you are liable if anything goes wrong. Plus, I am not always spot on with my Math. Should I just save myself the time and money and just switch career options? Or should I just keep going because of my passion for Chemistry and my fascination of medicine? Does Pharmacy deal with Calculus?
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I think if you have a passion, you should follow it! I haven't seen Calculus since my last exam in college, lol.
I have friends in all types of jobs. They are all stressful. Unfortunately that is the way life is. As far as being liable, that is true. I can't go to work with an attitude like that. I am a Pharmacist because I want to help people. The last thing I want to do is harm someone. We are prepared in school and take continuing education to do the best job on a daily basis.
Calculus is a "weeder" class for pharmacy. It does involve math, but usually basic algebra. Pharmacy is a lot of chemistry, but it does involve some biology too. Have you tried job shadowing a pharmacist? Pharmacy isn't only working at a CVS or Rite Aid. It also involves hospitals, nursing home consultants, insurance companies, drug companies, direct contact with patients in a a clinic or a hospital floor (clinical pharmacy).