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ERIC Number: ED072319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Pages: 43
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Job Market Situation Survey for Agricultural Communication Graduates.
Miller, Mason E.
Results of a questionnaire survey concerning the job markets for graduates of the Agricultural Communication program of the Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are presented. The questionnaire was mailed in June 1972 to 481 names of agriculturally related publications and individuals who are on the mailing lists of the MSU Department of Information Services; 103 replies were received. The data from the survey are broken down into four classifications: land-grant, out-of-Michigan publications, Michigan television and radio, and Michigan publications. The results of the survey indicate the following: (1) there were a number of positions among the organizations that call for college or university communication training; (2) there seems to be considerable need for further publicizing among and "educating" of potential employers on details of the MSU major; (3) among most of the organizations surveyed, a beginner on the staff would have some chance of promotion; (4) about half of the organizations have what they call "intern" programs; (5) about a quarter of the respondents indicated they would be interested in an on-campus conference to talk with students and learn more about agricultural communication; (6) most respondents who commented on the voids between student training and on-the-job-needs mentioned basic skills such as spelling, grammar, writing, and practical experience on-the-job; and (7) there is a need for such graduates; jobs are available; and salaries are competitive. Appendixes provide the covering letter and questionnaire, topic suggestions for a conference, and experience needed, positions, skills, and salaries. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Inst.