A Conference for those Looking for a Nontraditional Pharmacy Career

AUGUST 06, 2017

After writing for 4 years about the pharmacy profession, 1 issue comes up again and again: career dissatisfaction.

Studies show many pharmacists are unhappy.  Over 50% of community pharmacists wish to quit their jobs. APhA reported pharmacists from all practice areas are experiencing more stress, difficulty seeking a new job, and lower satisfaction.

There are nearly 300,000 pharmacists in the United States alone. According to the research above, there are possibly 100,000 unhappy pharmacists. 

This should not be true, but it was true for me. 

When I started my first pharmacy job, I was miserable. I dealt with bullies, monotonous work, and office politics. I felt like I made a mistake choosing pharmacy as a career. I thought I wasted 7 years of my life becoming something that I did not find interesting.

One day I read a book that changed my life: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The book made me realize that if I wanted to change my situation, then I needed to take action. 

Now, I find myself in a fulfilling pharmacy role. I have joy again. My wife and I do not argue (as much). Moreover, I find my hobbies more fulfilling. 

When I first interviewed a pharmacist about her pharmacy position for my column, I found what I was meant to do and what I love to do: tell stories.

This summit announcement is a conference about stories. It is about pharmacists who love what they do and sharing how other pharmacists can do what they do.

The Happy PharmD SummitThe First Non-Traditional Pharmacy Career Conference is scheduled to be held Sept. 11-14, 2017. The summit is free to attend. You can view each session a for a few hours after it appears live.

The conference will host over 20 speakers from different pharmacy career niches. Along with our speakers, we have multiple bonuses for Access Pass members, which are those who want to take their career transition seriously.

For Access Pass members, we have:

  • A free copy of the book The 7-Figure Pharmacist
  • A Secondary Income Strategy Session with our Business Coach
  • The Pharmacist’s Salary and Benefit Negotiation Guide
  • A 3-Part Webinar series on Salary Negotiations from 3 Negotiation Experts
Plus, I’m working on a Career Transition Mentor Program where all Access Pass members gain mentor access to provide support during a transition.

As of August 1st, we have over 1,000 members registered, and my goal is 5,000 people signed up! If you are considering a career transition or looking for a new job, join our free summit!


Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.
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