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    The Top 10 Worst States to Be a Pharmacist

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


    3. Louisiana

    • Mean wage: 45
    • Number of pharmacists: 25
    • Location quotient: 16
    • Cost-of-living: 20
    • Crime statistics: 40
    • Pharmacy robbery rates: 14
    • Overall well-being: 43
    • Health insurance coverage: 43
    • Pharmacy job openings: 4
    • Financial savviness: 44
    • Stress: 49
    • Education level: 48

    Total: 391

    New Orleans may be known as the Big Easy, but numbers for all of Louisiana tell a somewhat different story. First, overall stress for the Bayou State ranks number 49. Education level for the entire state ranks 48.

    For pharmacists, in particular, salaries are not all that great (they earned about $10,000 per year less than the national average), and they ranked fourth on the overall list for job openings, perhaps due to the low salaries. As such, there may not be very rich professional community for pharmacists.

    Also, 13.9% of Louisianans do not have health insurance, meaning that a good portion of the population does not have coverage for their prescription medications.

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