ERIC Number: ED194003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
PhDs in Nonacademic Careers: Are There Good Jobs? Robots or Reinsmen: Job Opportunities and Professional Standing for Collegiate Administrators in the 1980s. Current Issues in Higher Education, No. 7, 1979.
Solmon, Lewis C.; Scott, Robert A.
Some possible solutions to the shortage of faculty jobs are addressed in two papers. In "PhDs in Nonacademic Careers: Are There Good Jobs," Lewis C. Solmon evaluates the prospects for nonacademic jobs for humanists, scientists, engineers, and social scientists, based on three separate studies. Projections on the probable major of undergraduates are examined to indicate the demand for faculty by subject field. Information is provided on the number of PhDs produced each year in selected humanities fields; employment of PhDs by field, type of employer, and primary work activity; and overall job satisfaction by employment sector and field of PhD. Recommendations are offered for current graduate students. In "Robots or Reinsmen: Job Opportunities and Professional Standing for Collegiate Administrators in the l980s," Robert A. Scott suggests that one probable growth area resulting from faculty job shortages is in mid-level administrator jobs. New types of administrator roles are described that will likely be created in response to increasingly powerful external agencies. Young faculty who fail to gain tenure and older faculty who lack students because of lower enrollment are probable new sources of middle-level administrators. The more experienced mid-level managers, seeing dwindling rewards and incentives in academe, may in turn be attracted to middle-management jobs in private industry and government. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrators, Business, College Administration, College Faculty, Demand Occupations, Doctoral Degrees, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Government Employees, Higher Education, Labor Market, Managerial Occupations, Middle Management, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Supply and Demand
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 1979).