For some people, the statistics say it all: a growing salary, good benefits, daily intellectual challenges, and job security. Others gain a better perspective by looking closely at more subjective issues such as job environment, communication, and support from management.
Pharmaceutical Technology's 2005 employment report presents both sides. Thanks to the more than 2100 survey participants (our highest response yet), we highlight the issues directly affecting workers in the pharmaceutical industry, including demographic information, education and work experience, salary and benefits, and attitudes toward current employment. New this year, the survey portrays the effects on industry jobs of several federal guidelines and initiatives, and employees had an opportunity to sound off about the greatest satisfactions and frustrations of their work.
The September 2005 questionnaire, posted on http://www.pharmtech.com/, received 2178 responses. Of these, 79% were received from industry workers in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Some overall results are summarized in Table I, with details provided in this article.
Work location. As noted, 79% of respondents work in the United States. Of these, approximately 10% each work in California and New Jersey; 7% in Pennsylvania; 5% each in New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts; 4% each in Illinois and Indiana; and ~2.5% each in Michigan and Puerto Rico. All other states each accounted for less than 2% of the total US responses.
Workers also responded from the United Kingdom (4%), Canada (3.4%), and Ireland (1.4%) as well as Germany, India, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Switzerland (~1% each). Other regions represented less than 1% each of the total number of responses.