Having a Pharm.D. diploma hanging on the community pharmacy wall doesn't necessarily mean that the owner is any happier in the job than pharmacists with B.S. degrees, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Whether a community pharmacist possesses a Pharm.D. or B.S. degree had no bearing on job satisfaction or professional commitment, according to researchers Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., assistant dean for academic affairs, and Mary Lee, associate dean and professor of pharmacy practice. Fifty-five percent of the 143 community R.Ph.s they surveyed were B.S. graduates from the Illinois college and 45% were Pharm.D.s.
"The practice setting does have a lot to do with job satisfaction," Fjortoft told Drug Topics. "Community pharmacists have less time to get involved in educational activities and less opportunity for intrinsic rewards, which include the autonomy, challenges, and content of the job."
The results were quite different in the hospital setting. Pharm.D. pharmacists ranked higher in terms of intrinsic job satisfaction than did their B.S. counterparts, said Fjortoft, who also directs the college's nontraditional Pharm.D. program. Among the 122 hospital pharmacists in the survey, the Pharm.D.s were spending significantly more time on activities that involve educating and less time processing prescriptions. …