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.
Most results are representative of all responses, regardless of participants' locations. Some salary results are presented
for US employees only. When reviewing salary and benefits information, readers should take into account a region's cost of
living and economy as well as the wide range of experience, job functions, and educational certification represented. No single
statistic should be used for comparison without taking these factors into account.
Table I: Results overview—profile of a typical industry employee.
Methodology and statistics
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.
Sex and age. Of the total number of responses, 70% overall were from men (see Figure 1). The average respondent age is 43 years.
Figure 1: Survey participants by sex.
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.
Readers should take into account the number of responses received from each region when noting the results of this survey,
especially salary results according to US region.