We asked Healthcare Professionals in Malaysia about their Careers

MIMS conducted the its first annual career survey this year, focusing on the healthcare community in Singapore and Malaysia. The study, which involved more than 700 participants, aimed to understand the levels of satisfaction healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other relevant allied professionals, with their careers. 
Figure 1: Composition of healthcare professional participants from Malaysia
Figure 1: Composition of healthcare professional participants from Malaysia


Knowing whether healthcare professionals are satisfied with their jobs, and delving deeper into the reasons behind their satisfaction or dissatisfaction are essential to improve the efficacy of the healthcare industry as a whole in Malaysia.

The healthcare professionals who took part in the study in Malaysia were mostly comprised of doctors, followed by pharmacists, other allied healthcare professionals such as dentists, therapists etc. and nurses, in that order.

2016 MIMS Career Survey MY - Diagram 2


Figure 2: Satisfaction levels of healthcare professionals in Malaysia
Figure 2: Satisfaction levels of healthcare professionals in Malaysia

Here are a few of our most salient findings: 

  • Allied healthcare professionals appear to be the most satisfied as compared to other healthcare professionals. 
  • Nurses appear to be the most dissatisfied with their careers as compared to other healthcare professionals
  • We asked participants to select the top reasons behind their dissatisfaction levels, and the top three reasons identified are:
         a) Disproportionate salaries
         b) High workload due to shortage of staff
         c) A distinct lack of work-life balance
  • The top three reasons that Malaysian healthcare professionals cited to seek a career beyond healthcare include: 
         a) Better future prospects
         b) Higher salary
         c) More free time
  • We also asked participants to select reasons to stay on in their current professions, and the top three that were selected are:
         a) Lack of better opportunities elsewhere
         b) Leading a fulfilling life
         c) Having a good source of income.


Finally, the healthcare professionals were also asked to select areas of improvement at their workplaces, and the top three suggestions made are: have better career planning and development opportunities for employees, higher salary, and better work-life balance.



For more detailed information, please see the full report at the following links, or download the PDF version below:

2016 MIMS Career Survey (Malaysia) - Part 1

2016 MIMS Career Survey (Malaysia) - Part 2