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    The Top 10 Worst States to Be a Pharmacist

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


    7. Tennessee (tie with Oklahoma)

    • Mean wage: 22
    • Number of pharmacists: 12
    • Location quotient: 6
    • Cost-of-living: 7
    • Crime statistics: 43
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 38
    • Overall well-being: 45
    • Health insurance coverage: 34
    • Pharmacy job openings: 33
    • Financial savviness: 46
    • Stress: 42
    • Education level: 43

    Total: 371

    Like Oklahoma, while Tennessee ranked largely in the middle of the pack for its numbers, there are some outliers. The Volunteer State ranks number seven in terms of cost of living. And because the number of pharmacists in the state very nearly cracked the top 10 and the location quotient is at number six means that there is likely to be a decent opportunity for professional development with one’s peers.

    However, financial savviness came in at number 46 on our list, and with the annual salary averaging $119,970 (about $2,260) less than the national average; pharmacists need to be able to make the most of their money.

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