Travel pharmacy equals job security

by Cyrus on June 11, 2009

Since graduating pharmacy college, I soon started to appreciate politics. If you work and earn a paycheck, you too should be concern what your government is doing. Whether we like it or not, we are inundated with rules and regulation that affects us every day of our lives.

I have been getting emails from other traveling pharmacist sharing concerns about the state of the economy–high unemployment, and job security in particular. Now, what I have told them is what I am going to tell you. With the current rate of spending by the federal government, there are three areas that are not being affected: government-related jobs, education, and health care. If you are working in any division of health care, consider yourself very lucky. Doctors, nurses, health care technicians, and pharmacists seem to be immune from the high unemployment numbers we are witnessing.

Yet even compared to other health care professionals, traveling pharmacists have great job security right now. It is all demographic in nature, and the advantage of being a traveling pharmacist is that we have the ability to get assignments for federal jobs in every state in this country and U.S. military bases abroad. You can work in the VA hospital, IHS, federal prisons, or the military.

There is a high demand for pharmacist to take care of our veterans, active and inactive, and those native Americans who need our help. If you call your recruiter, I can assure you that he or she may have a job lined up for you. The only disadvantage is that the location they may send you may not be conducive to your personal situation. But rest assured, jobs are plentiful in the federal sector. Also, if you look hard enough, you may find success in landing an assignment in the private sector as well.

So, don’t give up hope. Your job is secure. Since my current assignment ends next month, I have been offered three positions in both the federal government and the private sector. All I need to do is pick the one I like best.

Do your homework. Go through each agency’s website and see what they have. Call your present recruiter and make them earn their keep and find you an assignment that is worth your time. Don’t wait too long. These jobs are on a first-come, first-served basis. Good luck!

Cyrus Pacis is a pharmacist who often works on long-term relief pharmacy jobs through RPh on the Go.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary September 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Hi, wondering if you ever worked with Pharmacy Staffing Solutions in Indianapolis, IN, or Omaha, NE? Did a one day relief in July 2009 and have not gotten paid. This was my first experience with a staffing agency. I have called multiple #’s and extensions and what I hear is ‘the first paycheck takes a while’. Well, the last 2 weeks, they is not any answer. Getting pretty peeved. Any thoughts?


cyrus October 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Hi Mary!

Thanks for your comment. I have worked for them and you situation is a often complaint. You are suppose to get paid weekly. Often times it will take 2 weeks to see your first paycheck. They are not in the business to destroy the industry. These temp agency need us to keep their business to function. If you signed a contract and it states that payment is given when services are rendered, I would contact them first. After all resources are exhausted and you didn’t get paid, I would recommend a certified letter the the company that your next intent is a law suit. That should get their attention.

I’m very surprise your recruiter isn’t answering you concerns. They are pretty on top of things. Contact them again.

Rest assure that you will be paid. If you need anything respond to this comment and I will give you any information you need.

I have been doing travel pharmacist for 10 years full time and I have experience the highs and lows in this business, but its a learning experience for the company and me.

Mistakes will occur and these mistakes will help correct future problems. Just remember that it is the recruiter and not the company who is at fault. Its is a human error and not the standard of a particular company

Cathy June 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I am interested in working overseas like Europe or Asia as a staff pharmacist. Does anyone know or have known someone who is working over there or had worked? I am looking more like Europe (Germany). I don’t know how the living set up would be.
Thank you for any comments or knowledge.

linda s January 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

How exactly do you get a Federal pharmacy job short term?Do you just talk to some one at an agency and how long does it take to sign up for one?

Lindsay January 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Hi! I saw a previous question about Pharmacy Staffing Solutions in Indiana, and was wondering if that pharmacist was ever paid? I worked two relief days for that guy (he no longer has employees, it is just the owner), and was never paid. My calls were never returned, or my emails. I live in Kansas and there is another pharmacist in the same boat. I filed a wage claim with the Indiana Division of Labor and was told they could not help me because he would not respond. Anyone know this guy or have any suggestions for me?

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