ERIC Number: ED191614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Job Satisfaction as a Function of Choosing Extension Work as an Occupational Career: A Study of Agricultural and Community Development Specialist in Missouri. Revised.
Lionberger, Herbert F.; Cheng, Wei-Yuan
In 1977, 156 University of Missouri agricultural and community development specialists responded to 23 statements in a pseudo Q-sort format in order to determine the correlation between their job expectations and satisfactions. Job entry considerations were predominately humanitarian concerns such as "being able to work with people" and "opportunity to become involved in development work". In contrast to an earlier study (Lionberger and Heifner, 1969), in which idealized views of an occupation (as seen by high school seniors and college freshmen) were classified as "materialistic-doer" types, extension specialists were first and foremost "people-oriented". "Helping people with their problems" was the strongest source of job satisfaction, followed by "people with whom associated at work"; dissatisfactions were expressed in the areas of "pay", "lack of security of tenure", and "prospects for advancement". Newcomers (less than 15 years of service) responded about the same as old timers. Initial expectations and reasons for joining extension service were entirely congruent with resulting job satisfaction; thus students considering extension careers should have a strong desire to work with people in a developmental context. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Agricultural Specialists; Community Development Specialists; Missouri
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Ithaca, NY, August, 1980).