ERIC Number: ED159434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Differentiation in the First Decade after High School. Report No. 259.
Gottfredson, Linda S.; Brown, Vicky C.
This report charts the rate at which occupational differentiation proceeded among 3,730 young white men and the dimensions along which it proceeded. Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of the Labor Force Experience of Young Men were used to examine employment among men aged sixteen to twenty-eight in different levels and fields of work. Results suggest that the rate of labor force participation stabilizes in the early twenties, differentiation among men by education and the distribution of men among different broad levels and fields of work stabilizes by the mid-twenties, and the sorting of men with different socioeconomic backgrounds into different occupational groups continues through the late twenties, at which age it appears to have been largely completed. Discriminant analyses reveal that academic achievement (IQ and years of education) is the major dimension by which men are sorted or sort themselves to jobs, but socioeconomic background also helps to distinguish among men in different fields as well as levels of work. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, Career Choice, Career Development, Differences, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Intelligence Quotient, Labor Force, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Occupational Surveys, Socioeconomic Background, Vocational Followup, Whites, Young Adults
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Survey Labor Force
Note: Paper presented at the 1978 meeting of the American Sociological Association