ERIC Number: ED164803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Marketability Study of Graduates of Illinois Agriculture Programs of Higher Education for the Purposes of: Student and Parent Advisement, Program Planning, and Program Changing. Phase III.
Woods, Harvey S.
To facilitate curriculum improvement and career counseling in the field of agriculture, a survey was conducted to determine the marketability, or job placement, of the 1977 agriculture graduates from both two-year and four-year colleges in Illinois. A questionnaire was sent to the 1,832 graduates and was returned by 665. In response to a separate questionnaire, the thirty-nine colleges offering agriculture courses supplied employment data on all of their graduates. Besides providing demographic information on the graduates, the two surveys revealed that (1) while two-year graduates prefer to specialize in production agriculture, four-year graduates choose more diverse areas of specialization; (2) both types of graduates are, for the majority, able to find salaried employment; (3) a close correlation exists between academic field of study and subsequent employment; (4) salaries in the agriculture field appear to be higher than those in other fields; and (5) a need exists for more graduates to pursue careers in agriculture education, agribusiness, and production agriculture. The survey data was then compared with the results of previous, similar studies for 1975 and 1976 graduates, and it was found that more females are entering agriculture; fewer agriculture majors have a farm background; graduates are increasingly entering agriculture-related and non-agriculture areas; and despite limited employment opportunities in certain fields, students continue to choose them as majors. (ELG)
Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Colleges, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Occupations, Agriculture, Career Choice, Career Counseling, College Graduates, Curriculum Development, Demography, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Majors (Students), Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Salaries, Specialization, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Div. of Adult Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Dept. of Agriculture.
Note: For a related document see ED 137 524