Top 10 Worst States to Be a Pharmacist in 2019

November 1, 2019

The states pharmacists should avoid.

While it might seem that pharmacies will be stressful no matter what, location really can make a huge difference.From factors like how stressed out your customers are to how much money you’ll make-and, perhaps more importantly, how far that money will go-different places have different perks and different benefits.These are not those places.Drug Topics compiled a list of the best and worst states in the country, based on a variety of factors that impact how you do your job. We already brought you the best states to be a pharmacist, now take a look at the worst.From money matters to the overall comfort of the state, utilizing data from sources like the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), WalletHub, and U.S. News and World report, we pooled together nine factors that have a direct impact on how a state will affect how you live and work. They are: Average annual salary: How much money the average pharmacist made in a state. Cost of living: How far all of that money will go when living day to day. Housing affordability: Compares median household prices with median household incomes. If you want to live in a mansion on your salary, you should probably steer clear of states with hyper-expensive real estate costs. Employment: The raw number of jobs in a state. Obviously, more pharmacists means you have a better chance of getting a job in your desired location. Location quotient: Per BLS, “The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.” A lower score in this category indicates you’ll be unlikely to find any camaraderie with fellow pharmacists in your area. Stress levels: How stressed out people in your state are, on average. Safety: Even beyond comparatively-rare pharmacy robberies, overall safety in a state is important, especially when taking factors like natural disasters into account. Overall happiness: Nothing makes a pharmacy more stressful than having stressed out or rude customers, so it might be worth looking at states where populations have the highest happiness levels. Uninsured rate: The share of patients in the state who lack any kind of insurance, which can make your job harder.Every state was ranked using each of those nine factors, and given a score from 1 to 50, with 1 being the best in a category and 50 being the worst. Scores were then added up and states were ranked based on how high or low their scores were.Here are the 10 worst states for pharmacists.