ERIC Number: ED064496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
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The Occupational Mobility Process: An Analysis of Occupational Careers.
Sorensen, Aage B.
To further understanding of the process through which occupational careers are formed, this study analyzed life histories to determine job-shifts undertaken by a cohort of men 30-39 years of age. It was proposed that individuals will decide to leave a job when they perceive that a gain in achievement is possible. The analysis of the outcome of job shifts revealed that gain in prestige and income are determined by the achievement of the job left and a person's resources (education, family background, and ability), with the most important resource being the individual's education. It was also demonstrated that such structural constraints as level of employment and distribution of job opportunities may be measured by the amount of variance explained in the prestige or income of the job entered. Finally, it was shown that the level of achievement increases with age and that the covariance between resources and achievement also increases. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.