1. Why do they make so much? And will it continue through year 2012 when I graduate college?
~ 200K of student loans with a ten year payment plan equating to a little over 400K. My friends who graduated with the same BS chose to pursue a masters earns just as much minus the student loans. It's a tough market saturated right now, so do it for the passion & the differences you can make.
2. People say that pharmacists' role will evolve. What do they mean by this as in will their routine change or what?
There's so many subspecialties just like for MDs, and it's constantly being pushed. The role as a dispenser will likely be less with improvements in technology, perhaps for the better. Doing ~200 scripts a day/pharmacist, I'm not sure what time is there left to do what we went into the profession for.
3. How long does it take after high school to become one?
Some take 6 with really perfect GPAs (y not just go for MD as it's the same prereqs?), but as the profession changes demanding a more clinical role, it seems that 8 years is the average then some more for residency.
My experience, went into pharmacy not understanding what it was really about, graduated still unsure after all those years of schooling and interning, and found myself in a completely different situation than I had ever imagined. I worked in retail as an intern and tried retail out for a month after graduation (wasn't bad or good, just really drained by the end of the day but loved the people interaction) and luckily landed a clinical position that still had the patient interaction plus other healthcare professionals that I learn as I go from. Love my job because it's challenging, constantly makes me look up things and learning as I teach others, and being the drug expert keeping patients safe and advocating for them makes me glad I went into this profession. Income wise, sounds like a lot of money but factor in loans and years of schooling (when you could be working), it all comes out to be the same. Passing on my dads advice " chose the profession you are passionate about because spending 8-9 hours a day can seem like an eternity if you don't enjoy it". And my own experience, don't be afraid to challenge yourself and more doors will open up.