Pharmacy students finding weaker job market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With new pharmacy schools in Tennessee graduating their first classes, some experts worry it may get harder to find jobs as the supply of new pharmacists exceeds demands.

Belmont and Lipscomb universities in Nashville are poised to release 149 new pharmacists into the workforce this month. The Nashville Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/LfqtkJ ) many of these students are likely not going into retail pharmacy, but could find jobs in managed-care organizations and clinics.

Roger Davis, dean of Lipscomb's pharmacy school, said there's been a tremendous growth rate in the past 20 years leading to concern about having too many schools in a tight geographical area.

But Philip E. Johnston, dean of Belmont's pharmacy school, said Nashville's health care industry is an advantage for the students.


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