Work Profile Factors Identified from the Career Pathway Evaluation Program, 2018 Pharmacist Profile Survey

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Objective. To identify work profile factors from the Career Pathway Evaluation Program, 2018 Pharmacist Profile Survey.

Methods. Exploratory factor analysis was used to describe the underlying structures (factors) that best represented respondents’ work profiles. Descriptive statistics and Analysis of Variance were used to describe the 17 different work categories listed in the survey.

Results. Eleven underlying factors were identified for the respondents’ work setting profiles. A description of these factors among the 17 different respondent career categories revealed variation that can be useful in describing the career categories in the APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy Professionals.

Conclusion. The results revealed variation among pharmacist career types. The profiles constructed in this study describe the characteristics of various career paths and can be helpful for decisions regarding educational, experiential, residency, and certification training in pharmacist careers.


This article was originally published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2019. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe7480


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