I'm a pharmacy tech as well and believe I can offer some advice on this. I switched from pre-med to biology to nursing and think I can offer some perspective on why I made this choices that may be relevant to your situation. I first decided to become a pre-pharmacy major when my local university that I was attending for undergrad opened a new pharmacy school. This was all well and good, until I began working in a local pharmacy. I work in a retail pharmacy so this perspective may be different depending on where you work. I am not ripping on my pharmacists (as they are very knowledgeable) when I say this, but the most technical things the pharmacists do most days is recommend a couple of OTC products. The computer does all checking for duplicate therapies, allergies, contraindicated drug combinations...etc. When in the rare instance anything does pop up that is of significance they usually just tell them to talk to their MD.
Now this was not at all what I thought it would be. I loved the science behind the way the drugs worked and the complex ways they interacted with each other in the human bodies. This was all lost in a retail setting. Every pharmacist I've ever asked said they forgot 90% of what they learned in school. This lead me to nursing so I can become a NP. I decided I wanted to diagnose and prescribe not fill the medications.
As for pharmacy students working. We have two students that work in my pharmacy right now. They do make about $4-$5 more an hour than the rest of the techs depending on what year of school they are, but due to commitments to school and studying I'd say they average about 1 to 2 nights of work each per 2 weeks. Pharmacists are in high demand nationally, but like any job this is not true in every area of the country. My area is extremely saturated with pharmacists. For the first time ever the graduates of a local pharmacy school(very prestigious and has been around for quite awhile) all the graduates didn't have jobs when they graduated.
Not trying to rain on your parade or convince you one way or another just presenting my view to your question....