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    The Top 10 Worst States to Be a Pharmacist

    Looking for a new location? You should probably avoid these states.

     

    8. Alaska

    • Mean wage: 1
    • Number of pharmacists: 50
    • Location quotient: 50
    • Cost-of-living: 46
    • Crime statistics: 49
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 9
    • Overall well-being: 18
    • Health insurance coverage: 47
    • Pharmacy job openings: 1
    • Financial savviness: 33
    • Stress: 39
    • Education level: 20

    Total: 363

    Salary does not always equate to the best place to live, and that is the case here. Pharmacists in the Last Frontier make more on average than any other pharmacists in the country—an average of $137,650 per year or $15,300 more than the national average.

    However, that high average salary may be because it is hard to attract pharmacists to Alaska. The state ranks last in the total number of pharmacists and its location quotient. As such, there’s plenty of demand for pharmacists in the state—in fact, it ranks number one in terms of pharmacy job openings. But this may also mean that there may not be a very rich and active peer community.

    Another strike against the state is that they ranked number 47 on the list of uninsured residents—16% of Alaskans do not have health insurance.

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