BioPharm International's 2007 salary survey didn't just show that industry professionals are well paid. It showed that biopharmaceutical professionals
love doing good work, and enjoy the challenges inherent in what they do.
When we asked readers "What is your greatest source of job satisfaction?" the results poured in—almost 75% took the time to
write in a comment. The number one answer? A sense of accomplishment from a job well done.
Readers talked about improving processes, ensuring quality, meeting deadlines, and serving internal and external customers.
Examples of what gives them satisfaction include: "Developing new and more effective production processes;" "completed batches
without any deviations and exceptions;" "completing a project that delivers what we promised on time and on budget;" and "producing
quality work for companies to obtain FDA approvals."
Some combined this sense of accomplishment with the thrill of advancing science: "Being at the forefront of technology in
developing a gene therapy product," was one such comment.
Many also take pride from the ultimate purpose of their work: helping patients. "Developing and supporting products that are
used to manufacture biopharmaceuticals that improve the quality of life through the treatment or prevention of life threatening
diseases," said one.
Our readers don't want to rest on their laurels, either. They like challenges, problem solving, and the opportunity to keep
learning. "Technical challenges and problem solving;" "creativity and on-the-job learning;" and "exposure to recent advances
in technologies and science," were a few examples.
The survey also showed that industry professionals don't just want to shine as individuals; they believe in teamwork. "Working
with a great group of people to produce a product that meets our quality standards and customer expectations," was a typical
answer. Many also said they enjoy mentoring others.
Many respondents also said they gain a lot of satisfaction because they feel appreciated for what they do. Of course, being
appreciated matters to almost everyone, in all professions, but the number of BioPharm readers who mentioned this gives the impression that appreciation levels are high in biotech. This reinforces the conclusion
that their is a lot of positive energy going around this industry.
One respondent eloquently summed this combination of factors:
"It is difficult to pick a single aspect of my job as the greatest source of my job satisfaction. Here are the big three:
1) the opportunity to positively influence technology based decisions that improve the company's manufacturing capabilities
2) the knowledge that my contributions have been instrumental in bringing biopharmaceuticals to market where they can benefit
3) positive recognition from my managers and other colleagues for my contributions."
As the editor in chief of BioPharm International, I like my own job for a lot of reasons, many of which are similar to those our readers mentioned. My work, though, comes
with an added benefit. By covering the biopharmaceutical industry, I am constantly in contact with people who are passionate
about what they do. That puts me in a very lucky place.
Laura Bush is the editor in chief of BioPharm International, firstname.lastname@example.org