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ERIC Number: ED187289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Employment of Humanities Ph.D.'s: A Departure from Traditional Jobs.
Maxfield, Betty D.; Henn, Susan M.
The employment status of humanities doctorates is analyzed based on results of the National Research Council's 1977 Survey of Doctorate Recipients and on annual surveys of newly earned doctorates. The analyses pertain to the 60,140 humanists estimated to be in the U.S. labor force in February 1977. The study sample earned their Ph.D.'s within the period of January 1, 1934 through June 30, 1976. Although the number of Ph.D.'s awarded in the humanities has increased steadily since the 1920's, a decline has occurred since the mid-1970's. A larger proportion of women than men humanities Ph.D.'s were unemployed and seeking employment, and 78 percent of women humanities Ph.D.'s were full-time employed compared with 94 percent of the men. Information is also presented on field mobility of humanities Ph.D.'s, type of employer, primary work activity, mean annual salary, ranks of the academically employed, tenure in universities and four-year colleges, faculty salaries in universities and four-year colleges, and primary work activity in academe. The employment status of the most recent humanities Ph.D.'s, those awarded degrees between 1972 and 1976, is examined separately. Sample survey forms are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Degrees, Employment Level, Females, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Humanities, Income, Males, National Surveys, Statistical Data, Teacher Salaries, Vocational Followup, Women Faculty
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Human Resources.