To make a long story short, I'm planning on being a pharmacist. I was originally looking to try to do something with psychology. Then I decided that I didn't like the looks of the economy. Now, I'm taking pre-pharmacy classes and psychology classes. Due to a bit of a scheduling quirk, getting a BA in psychology isn't going to make my pre-pharmacy period of time any longer, so I'm also planning on getting it, mostly out of personal interest. --- Fame is but a slow decay. -Theodore Tilton
Hmm. I guess that's an appropriate combination. But what does being a pharmacist entail? What does one spend one's time doing? Not compounding drugs, right? And one doesn't see patients, either, right?
Well, getting a bachelor's degree in psychology doesn't mean much. You may have noticed that psychology tends to be one of the majors selected by people who go to college for the sake of going to college. Typically, the only point at which a psychology major is challenged intellectually is in the mandatory statistics class, and the challenge there comes mostly from the fact that most psychology majors are mathematically incompetent. I'm not sure how psychology ended up as one of the wimpy generic liberal-arts majors, but I don't like it.
My understanding is it's mostly handing out prescriptions, making sure proper instructions get relayed to patients for taking medication, and being sure that first, the prescription makes sense alone (like the doctor didn't slip up and assign an abnormally large dose), and secondly, that the various medications a person is taking aren't going to interact in a detrimental way. There's also the matter of keeping up with relevant laws and such. --- Fame is but a slow decay. -Theodore Tilton