Magazine article Drug Topics

Workplace Top Job-Hop Reason among Ohio Pharmacists

Magazine article Drug Topics

Workplace Top Job-Hop Reason among Ohio Pharmacists

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The top two reasons Ohio community pharmacists on the lookout for a new employer are willing to switch jobs are their current work environment and wages, according to an Ohio State University College of Pharmacy study.

Nearly one-third of community pharmacists in the Ohio State survey said they're likely to leave their current employer within the next 12 months. Among those ready to hit the trail, 46% of chain pharmacists cited the job environment, including workload, as a reason they're considering a job move, and nearly 45% also pointed to scheduling hassles as a reason to walk out the drugstore door. Among independent and smallchain pharmacists, 33% said they're likely to leave their current job within a year. The study was conducted by Craig Pedersen, R.Ph., Ph.D., assistant professor, and Scott Amick, senior pharmacy honors student.

"We knew pharmacists were unhappy with their jobs," Pedersen told Drug Topics. "They talk a lot about leaving their jobs. This came through in our survey in that almost 30% indicated that they were likely to leave their job in the next year. That says to me that there are a lot of people who are unhappy in their jobs. Part of it is the strong economy. They know they can find other jobs in pharmacy. They clearly believe there are a lot of job opportunities."

Perhaps motivated by reports of manpower shortages and big bucks for warm bodies, 58% of the nonlarge-chain community R.Ph.s were seeking higher wages. The job environment, personnel conflicts, and a desire for professional advancement were each cited by 30% of independent and small-chain practitioners. Although large chains generally pay better, 34% of those respondents were also in search of a bigger paycheck:

There are plenty of job opportunities for pharmacists, according to 92% of the chain RPh.s in the study, while 83% of independent/small-chain pharmacists and 80% of inpatient hospital practitioners think the work world is looking up for pharmacists about now. …

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