Pharmacy applications fall by over 25% this year.
Although a growing number of school leavers are choosing Science careers, Pharmacy has taken a hit.
According to the CAO, there are 2 students racing for every 1 college place next Autumn.
The CAO have only received 280 applications for the 3 Pharmacy schools in comparison to 380 the same time last year.
It is thought this significant drop in Pharmacy applications is linked to the HSE disputes with the Pharmacists which occurred throughout 2009.
These disputes resulted in a large decrease of Pharmacist salaries and margins within Pharmacies.