My wife is a Brazilian citizen, in the process of getting her green card since we got married. Has lived in the US for almost 3 years now, working as a post-doc at a major university doing research in the labs of 2 different professors. She is considering leaving research and academia to pursue a job in the pharmacy field. She obtained her 5 year pharmacy (not a pharm D) degree in Brazil, as well as her PhD in microbiology (specializing in Pathogenic fungi). We’ve looked at the requirements for becoming a licensed pharmacist in Ohio and she does meet the educational requirements and we are aware of the various application and testing procedures.
Here’s my question – With my wife NOT having a pharm D, just a standard 5 year pharm degree…but also having a PhD in microbiology (and 5 years of post-doctaral research) how does that fair for her when competing for pharmacist jobs? Does the lack of the pharm D really hurt? Is that offset by having a PhD in another medical / scientific field?
Frankly she just knows she doesn’t want to keep pursuing the acadmeic field (once wanted to become a professor) and given that pharmacist positions in the US (unlike Brazil) are well compensated and apparently in growing demand we thought maybe that could be a good career move. Thoughts?