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Table 1 Descriptive analysis of career intentions (N = 275)

From: Final-year pharmacy undergraduate students’ career intention and its influencing factors: a questionnaire study in northwest China

Variables N (%)a Pharmaceutical industry (%)b Rural public medical institution (%)b Urban public hospital (%)b Other sectors in the pharmacy-related field (%)b Other fields (%)b
Demographic Information
 Gender Male 48 (17.5) 14 (29.2) 21 (43.8) 4 (8.3) 3 (6.3) 6 (12.5)
Female 227 (82.5) 59 (26.0) 101 (44.5) 46 (20.3) 15 (6.6) 6 (2.6)
Region of origin Rural 192 (69.8) 49 (25.5) 91 (47.4) 32 (16.7) 13 (6.8) 7 (3.6)
Urban 83 (30.2) 24 (28.9) 31 (37.3) 18 (21.7) 5 (6.0) 5 (6.0)
Educational Situation
 Study record Top 30% 92 (33.5) 29 (31.5) 34 (37.0) 16 (17.4) 8 (8.7) 5 (5.4)
Other 183 (66.5) 44 (24.0) 88 (48.1) 34 (18.6) 10 (5.5) 7 (3.8)
 Laboratory training Yes 274 (99.6) 73 (26.6) 122 (44.5) 50 (18.2) 17 (6.2) 12 (4.4)
No 1 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (100.0) 0 (0.0)
 Internship in a medical institution Yes 102 (37.1) 24 (23.5) 45 (44.1) 25 (24.5) 6 (5.9) 2 (2.0)
No 173 (62.9) 49 (28.3) 77 (44.5) 25 (14.5) 12 (6.9) 10 (5.8)
 Employment guidance Yes 206 (74.9) 57 (27.7) 93 (45.1) 37 (18.0) 15 (7.3) 4 (1.9)
No 69 (25.1) 16 (23.2) 29 (42.0) 13 (18.8) 3 (4.3) 8 (11.6)
Family Background
 Father’s education level Compulsory 165 (60.0) 40 (24.2) 82 (49.7) 31 (18.8) 5 (3.0) 7 (4.2)
Above 110 (40.0) 33 (30.0) 40 (36.4) 19 (17.3) 13 (11.8) 5 (4.5)
 Mother’s education level Compulsory 195 (70.9) 47 (24.1) 96 (49.2) 34 (17.4) 11 (5.6) 7 (3.6)
Above 80 (29.1) 26 (32.5) 26 (32.5) 16 (20.0) 7 (8.8) 5 (6.3)
 Monthly household income per capita (yuan) Low (~ 999) 103 (37.5) 13 (12.6) 66 (64.1) 13 (12.6) 6 (5.8) 5 (4.9)
Middle (1000 ~ 1999) 86 (31.3) 28 (32.6) 24 (27.9) 27 (31.4) 3 (3.5) 4 (4.7)
High (2000~) 86 (31.3) 32 (37.2) 32 (37.2) 10 (11.6) 9 (10.5) 3 (3.5)
 Whose opinions were considered most during job selection Others 57 (20.7) 9 (15.8) 24 (42.1) 16 (28.1) 4 (7.1) 4 (7.0)
Parents 101 (36.7) 20 (19.8) 52 (51.5) 19 (18.8) 6 (5.9) 4 (4.0)
Own 117 (42.5) 44 (37.6) 46 (39.3) 15 (12.8) 8 (6.8) 4 (3.4)
 Total (%)a   275 (100.0) 73 (26.5) 122 (44.4) 50 (18.2) 18 (6.5) 12 (4.4)
  1. aThe denominator was the total sample size
  2. bThe denominator was the sample size of the subgroup represented in the row