Pharmacists, unlike doctors and nurses, have equal opportunities for men and women


Pharmacists’ job is an equal opportunity fast-growing profession that can offer up to six-figure salary to both men and women. It is good in the medical related profession as doctors’ jobs constitute mostly of men and nurses constitute nearly all women.

“The position of pharmacist is probably the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today,” Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz wrote in a paper on the subject they published in September.

According to Census data collected in 2011, women make up slightly more than 50% of total full-time pharmacists and 55% of the profession in part-time.

Women, who worked full-time, earned a median salary of $111,000 in 2011, nearly 92 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts. Although, the pay gap is there but that is not due to discrimination but due to the fact that men usually work for longer hours.

“Women with children earn less largely because they work fewer hours,” Goldin and Katz said in their paper.

About 5 decades ago, women constitute about 8% of all pharmacists and the rise of drug store chains such as Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid, with fewer barriers and flexible work schedules, greatly increased the chances of jobs for women in the field of pharmacy.

“In the 1950s and 1960s, before the real cultural revolution for women, independent pharmacy owners were a little reluctant to hire women,” said Lucinda Maine, CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “It was just purely, ‘you’re not big enough to lift these boxes’ or ‘we’re worried about you closing a store at night.'”

Then in 1980s chain stores started growing with longer hours and more staff workers.

“By the time we got to the 1980s, half of the graduating class was women, and the industry needed them,” she said.

“Most people thought of pharmacists as the person behind the counter, counting pills from a big bottle to a small bottle,” Maine said. “That never was a very accurate depiction, and is especially inaccurate now. All of our new grads are trained to offer many services.”

Source: CNN Money

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