ERIC Number: ED178442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sociologists in the Federal Government.
McDowell, Sophia F.
Employment trends for sociologists in federal service are examined for the period 1975 to 1985. Bureau of Labor statistics indicate that the number of persons seeking employment as sociologists in both government and private positions in the 1980s is likely to greatly exceed available job openings. Figures show that for an average of 800 sociology positions becoming available each year, there are approximately 800 new Ph.D.s, 2,000 M.A.s, and 27,000 B.A.s. The total number of declared sociologists employed in the Federal Civil Service as of March 31, 1979 was 91--although surveys by the National Science Foundation indicate that approximately 1,500 people who hold Civil Service positions could actually be classified as sociologists, even though they are not listed as such in federal personnel files. The number of sociologists employed in Civil Service represents a gradual increase since 1966 due, in large part, to efforts by the American Sociological Association to establish professional acceptability of sociologists. Individuals interested in seeking federal employment as sociologists are encouraged to visit federal employment centers and to pursue informal contact with sociologists who are familiar with federal employment opportunities. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared for Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Boston, MA, August 1979); Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to light print type of original document