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How do pharmacists rate their job satisfaction?

Respondents to the C+D Salary Survey 2016 describe in their own words how they feel about pharmacy


Salary Survey 2016: How happy are pharmacists?

“I’ve done five years’ training to become a pharmacist, and reached the end, with no permanent position and getting paid below
£15 [per hour].”

“If pharmacists had backing similar to that of junior doctors I would perhaps recommend [this career], but there is nobody fighting on our behalf.”

“[I would] get more respect working as a McDonald’s manager.”

“Pay rates have decreased too far. Some pharmacists are on not much more than I paid my top technician when I had my own pharmacy.”

“[I would] get more respect working as a McDonald’s manager.”

"Stressful but rewarding"

“It is stressful, but ultimately a rewarding career.”

“I am glad I did not recommend pharmacy as a career to my two sons. They are much happier in their chosen profession and earning £40,000+ per annum.”

“Things may change with pharmacists taking on more clinical roles, but even then the pay doesn’t reflect the training and responsibility.”

“It’s still better than a lot of jobs. Hopefully things will improve.”

"Pursue an apprenticeship instead"

“I have enjoyed the changes to pharmacy and talking to patients more – it develops the professional role and is satisfying. There are a lot of dissatisfied workers in all of the health professions and I believe you get satisfaction by what you put in.”

“[I made a] £40,000+ investment for little return and few opportunities to advance. It’s a better investment to stay out of education from 16 and pursue an apprenticeship. You’ll earn money instead of accumulating debt and have the opportunity to develop skills and advance your career.”

““It’s not a valued profession to the government, but the patients still value us.”

“The workload and responsibilities are ever-increasing yet pay is not – in fact, I know it’s decreasing in a lot of places. I sometimes feel like we are expected to act like GPs but get paid a fraction of what they do.”

“[The] pay on offer cannot match work expectation.”

“Too stressful and one has to look for financial or emotional rewards. Bright people would be served better in other professions.”

"A huge mistake"

“What other job would require five years at university for so little pay and such bad working conditions? Couple this with inflexibility in working hours and the answer is none.”

“[I] am actively discouraging any sixth-formers from making a huge mistake and studying pharmacy. [I] have approached a careers teacher at a local school to advise [of the] current situation.”

“It’s not a valued profession to the government, but the patients still value us.”

“I think primary care pharmacy is going to be very important in the future.”


Read more about pharmacists' job dissatisfaction here.

How satisfied are you with your job?

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Paul Huber, Marketing

Better job satisfaction will bring good positive changes in our success rate. Therefore, we should be more conscious in the case of choosing a career and follow expert advice to maintain the career success. It doesn't matter what career field we are choosing, but if we are not getting any kind of job satisfaction then the whole success value will become zero. So job satisfaction matters a lot and we should follow different sources to improve our job skills and career skills.

Joan Richardson, Locum pharmacist

None!  I am a patient-facing whipping boy for the NHS!

David Kent, Community pharmacist

Job satisfaction relating to this a joke?m


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