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ERIC Number: ED219998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 350
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-669-04482-2
Underemployed Ph.D.'s.
Solmon, Lewis C.; And Others
The result of a series of studies by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) on the job market for doctorate holders in the humanities, the sciences, and engineering, this book represents 5 years of research on the subject. Chapters by Solmon, Laura Kent, Nancy L. Ochsner, and Margo-Lea Hurwicz include: "The Context of the Problem: An Overview of the Ph.D. Labor Market"; "Questions of Definition and Value"; "Some Proposed Solutions to the Humanities Crisis"; "The Most-Promising Solutions"; "An Overview of Public-Sector Employment"; "Finding Public-Sector Jobs: the Whys and the Hows"; "Job Characteristics and Satisfactions"; "The Female Ph.D. in the Public Sector"; "How Useful Is Humanities Tracking"; "Identifying Non-Academic-Career Options"; "Where Are the Nonacademic Jobs"; "What Are the Nonacademic Jobs Like"; "How Satisfying Are the Nonacademic Jobs"; "The Dynamics of Job Change"; and "A New Crisis? Dealing with Prospective Shortages of Scientists and Engineers." The summary chapter comments on salary, research and productivity, underemployment, job satisfaction and job change. It is suggested that constraints be taken off industry so that research and development can prosper as it did when U.S. scientific research was the model for the world. It is also suggested that improvement must be made in providing information for better decision-making in five basic areas: (1) estimating future science- and engineering-labor supply and demand; (2) providing students with better data with which to make decisions; (3) improving student selection for admission to graduate programs; (4) developing better mechanisms for screening during graduate school to ensure that those who drop out are not potential high producers; and (5) improving the academic hiring process and review procedures. Appendix A contains the questionnaire forms; Appendix B contains a methodological note. References and an index are provided. (LC)
Lexington Books, D.C. Heath and Company, Lexington, MA 02173 ($33.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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