ERIC Number: ED203400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Adapting to the Job Market: Graduate Programs in Speech Communication.
Berg, David M.
The percentage of speech communication doctoral graduates employed full time and the percentage working in academic institutions have declined considerably since 1968. The glut of humanities doctorates appears to present three courses of action: increase undergraduate enrollments, decrease graduate enrollments, or increase nonacademic employment opportunities for doctorates. Increased college costs and reduced financial aid are likely to adversely affect the first option. The current, modest downward trend in the number of speech doctoral programs supports the second option, since the best way to increase the marketability of doctoral graduates in speech is to decrease their supply. There is still skepticism from both academic and business communities as to the prospects of humanities doctorates finding employment in business and industry, but a number of institutions have developed counseling and placement procedures aimed at helping graduate students find jobs in nonacademic settings. Such programs include workshops on job searching and interviewing techniques, and putting students in contact with recruiters for leading corporations. Most speech faculty members believe that heavily research-oriented graduate programs are the best sort of training for the nonacademic as well as the academic job market. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nonacademic Labor Market; Private Enterprise
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 9-11, 1981).