ERIC Number: ED189301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Employment Opportunties, Job Satisfaction, and Migration among Young Adults from Nonmetropolitan Washington. College of Agriculture Research Center, Washington State University, Bulletin 873.
West, Donald A.; Price, Dorothy Z.
A study evaluated career attainment and job satisfaction of young adults from nonmetropolitan Washington and identified factors influencing them. Results were based on data collected in a 1973 mail survey of members of high school classes graduating in 1965 and 1966. Career attainment was measured by occupation, earnings, place of work, and education beyond high school. The survey showed male annual earnings peaking at $7,000-$9,999, while most females earned $5,000-$9,999. The most common place of work for men was large towns; one-third of the employed women worked in large cities. About two-thirds had some college training. In general, their career attainment was similar to that for the United States population aged 25-34 in 1970. Analysis of job satisfaction considered these job characteristics: self-actualization, ego status, belongingness, safety and order, and basic creature comforts. A 1975 followup survey of the migration proportion of the 1973 sample studied expectations and perceived benefits and costs of moving. The majority migrated to get more education. A more enjoyable lifestyle was identified as the greatest single benefit, leaving relatives and friends as the greatest single cost. The income, educational, and occupational characteristics of parents were also generally directly associated with the educations and occupations of the respondents. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Coll. of Agriculture.
Identifiers: Nonmetropolitan Areas; United States; Washington
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