Job and career satisfaction among pharmacy preceptors

Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Oct 10;75(8):153. doi: 10.5688/ajpe758153.


Objectives: To examine the perceived benefit of job and career satisfaction among pharmacist preceptors and to explore other factors that might influence satisfaction.

Methods: A cross-sectional self-administered survey instrument was mailed to pharmacists in the South Central region of the United States who had active 2010 licenses to investigate whether being a pharmacist preceptor increases job and career satisfaction.

Results: Twenty-three percent of the 363 respondents were active preceptors and 62% of these reported that they had been preceptors at some point in the past. Being an active preceptor was significantly related to increased job satisfaction (p = 0.01) but not to career satisfaction. Having a perceived benefit of continuing education and being professionally challenged at work also were associated with increased job and career satisfaction (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: Pharmacist preceptors have higher levels of self-reported job satisfaction.

Keywords: career satisfaction practice experiences; job satisfaction; preceptor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Career Choice*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharmacists / psychology*
  • Pharmacy*
  • Preceptorship*
  • Young Adult