ERIC Number: ED129702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Education and Job Satisfaction: A Questionable Payoff. [A Research Report.]
Quinn, Robert P.; Baldi de Mandilovitch, Martha S.
The relationship between education and job satisfaction is investigated and defined in social-psychological terms in this report. The objective of the research was to test the assumption that the better an individual's education, the greater his chances of securing a desired and satisfying job. The authors found a general scarcity of specific information on this relationship and employed two sources of related information in their research. First, they analyzed 16 previous studies which dealt with the relationship between the two variables. Second, they examined secondary analyses of nine national surveys of the American work force. Findings for noncollege trained workers indicated that no increment in job satisfaction exists with each succeeding year of education and that no relationship exists between educational level and job satisfaction. Also indicated was that those persons who had obtained college degrees were consistently more satisfied with their jobs than were other workers. On the basis of these and other findings, the report concludes with a series of six recommendations for future research and policy changes. They include investigating the occupational needs of overeducated workers, reexamining the educational requirements for jobs, and redesigning jobs. The authors developed a social-psychological model to help them understand the relationship between education and job satisfaction. In this model, they reasoned that educational level should be positively related to quality of employment (how good one's pay is, how convenient the hours are, how interesting the work is). (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Employee Attitudes, Employment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Job Satisfaction, Labor Force, Models, National Surveys, Need Gratification, Occupational Aspiration, Research Methodology, Social Psychology, Social Science Research, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Tables (Data), Work Attitudes, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Survey Research Center.
Note: For a related document, see ED 117 327