Why is the pharmacy a dying profession

  1. 12.09.2013, 20:46#1

    PTA what next?

    Hello everybody,
    I have been working in public pharmacies for 16 years and would actually like to change my career.
    My problem is that the working hours in the pharmacies with the long lunch breaks unnecessarily prolong the working day and
    I have now also changed in my private life. That means I just have more obligations than before - house, garden, animals, etc.
    That's not all, the image and the job content are just frustrating, I don't see any advantages for me in further professional training as a specialist PTA or similar.
    I live in a structurally weak area in Bavaria - the Upper Palatinate, all of the pharmaceutical alternatives that are so flowily praised in the brochures and professional information. Industry, health insurances or the chemical industry are omitted here due to the lack of an industrial structure.
    As a PKA, I could at least apply for a commercial profession, but as a PTA do I have other options?
    We PTAs do everything, but hardly have any official qualifications. We have a technical profession, but we are "technically" completely underdeveloped,
    our profession is not recognized as therapeutic, although we work close to people, we do all commercial activities as well as that
    PKAs, but we have no commercial qualifications.
    Does anyone have an idea in which area I could apply, which further training makes sense, or which companies I could focus on? I still have professional ambitions, but want a regular job without shop opening hours, my strength lies in customer service, I have a knack for people, but not for sales - so field service is definitely out. I have a high school diploma.
    Thank you for all your ideas and suggestions.

  2. 13.09.2013, 11:05#2
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    I would say so spontaneously that you can already apply for commercial matters if you have worked a lot in commercial matters over the past 16 years. I would then explain that in my application in the cover letter, what you can do and why you are united for a position if you want to do something commercial.

  3. 11.07.2014, 20:34#3
    I know the post is old. But did you already have an idea to develop yourself further?

  4. 28.08.2014, 22:45#4
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    Good evening everyone,
    I urgently need advice on further training / advancement opportunities etc. for PTAs.
    I have been working in the public pharmacy for almost 2 and a half years and am now frustrated that nothing new is happening. I wonder if it was already in my life. At the beginning of the year I had the courage to change pharmacies because I suspected that it had something to do with the pharmacy, and that was the case. Only now I've come to a really great pharmacy, colleagues are great, boss is good, we don't even have to talk about the distance, but I still find my current situation unsatisfactory. I now ask myself the question: what now? Studim? Rather difficult without an ABI. Research, industry or a KH pharmacy? Oooor a completely new apprenticeship?

  5. 04.09.2014, 12:06#5
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    meanwhile, under certain conditions, you can also study without a high school diploma. Unfortunately, I don't know whether a pharmacy degree is one of them.

    Unfortunately, I have never worked in a pharmacy myself. A few years ago it was still attractive to work in the pharmaceutical field. They liked to take PTAs. However, a pharmaceutical consultant is a dying profession. So-called service providers are happy to accept newcomers, but they work in contract projects (temporary employment) and when the project is over, you are usually unemployed very quickly. Very rarely (a needle in a haystack) are follow-up projects or even takeovers from the client. So newbies like to be burned.
    What would that look like?
    - Job interview
    - Inclusion in the applicant pool
    - if necessary, offer with contract (with really attractive payments, company car, etc.)
    - Training (between a few days and weeks, depending on the client)
    - External sales
    - occasionally meetings
    - Project ended - unemployed

    The same applies to the sales force as medical device consultants.
    In both cases, you are a clinician cleaner in doctor's offices and clinics. Another variant is the OTC pharmacy field service, you don't even need to be a PTA, you only visit pharmacies and sell directly.

    There is the possibility to switch to the pharmacy / back office. To do this, however, there would have to be a researching / producing pharmaceutical company in your area (or you will be moving) which then happens to be looking for someone.

    Next option, search directly for pharmacies that are close to cancer clinics. They still produce parenteral nutrition for their patients on instructions.

    This is where my information options stop. I am looking for a job myself, have never worked in a pharmacy and until recently had been in the field since 2000. I'm trying to come back to the pharmacy.

    I've heard of specializations. I have to find out more about that myself.

    I know that there are pharmacies that communicate very actively with customers, which means that they hold events every few weeks to retain customers. Be it tea tasting, cosmetic days, patient lectures.
    Maybe that will help you?