ERIC Number: ED029721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Occupational Decisions in a Low-Income Area.
Reeder, William W.; And Others
A study was conducted in a rural, low-income area of Northern New York State to determine the factors which influenced occupational decisions of farmers in the area. The data, collected by interview in 1963, were based on the responses of 299 individuals who were operating farms in 1949. The study revealed that 81% of the respondents considered a major occupational change in the 12-year period preceding the survey. A large number of the 81% did make the change to either more or less dependency on farming. The most important factor given in deciding to change to non-farm work was financial gain and the economic pressures of supporting a family. The ones who decided to go into full-time farming stated they could make as much or more money in farming. The study concluded that since most of the farmers interviewed changed occupation for financial gain, one of the most powerful value standards in American society appeared to be the obligation each man felt to support himself and his family. (RH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: New York