The career commitment, career withdrawal intention, and career changes of a nationwide, random sample of pharmacists were investigated through the use of an eight-page mail questionnaire. Pharmacists obtained a lower mean career commitment scale score and a lower mean career withdrawal intention scale score than comparison professionals. Career commitment was strongly correlated with career withdrawal intention (r =. 67). Those individuals not in pharmacy-related work were found in both health- and business- related fields. They left pharmacy for a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic reasons. Future research should be directed toward a greater understanding of the dynamics of a professional career and the factors within and outside the profession that influence career-related issues.
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The authors thank the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University, and the Walgreen Company for support of this project.
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