87% of healthcare, pharma workers are satisfied with their jobs, survey finds

Most healthcare and pharmaceutical workers are satisfied overall with their jobs, according to a new survey.

The survey — from CNBC, a TV business news channel, and SurveyMonkey, a global survey software company — polled more than 7,500 U.S. professionals to measure their job satisfaction in  pay, advancement opportunities, recognition, autonomy and meaning. Of those respondents, 1,489 identified themselves as healthcare and pharmaceutical workers.

Five survey findings:

1. Healthcare and pharmaceutical workers were more likely to report overall satisfaction with their current job compared to the general U.S. professional population (87 percent v. 85 percent).

2. Healthcare and pharmaceutical workers were also more likely than the general U.S. professional population to cite "feeling that your work is meaningful" as the most important factor in their overall job satisfaction (44 percent v. 35 percent).

3. More than half of healthcare and pharmaceutical workers (54 percent) said an economic downturn is the biggest threat to their job, followed by outsourcing (27 percent) and automation (14 percent).

4. Twenty-seven percent of healthcare and pharmaceutical workers said they spend one-on-one time with their direct supervisor daily.

5. Seventy-three percent of healthcare and pharmaceutical workers said they are "very well paid" or "somewhat well-paid" for their work.

Read the full survey results here.

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