ERIC Number: ED224443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Career Commitment, Sense of Accomplishment, and Job Satisfaction: A Survey of Medical Technologists.
Spencer, Charles T.
Job-related perceptions of medical technologists who had graduated from Illinois State University from 1972 through 1979 were surveyed. Of the 228 mailed questionnaires, 170 were returned. The questionnaire included items in which respondents judged the degree to which self-actualization characteristics were present in their jobs. An additional item was used to classify respondents as having either a high or low sense of accomplishment in their job. Of the medical technologists indicating a high sense of accomplishment, 70 percent indicated high career commitment; those with a low sense of accomplishment indicated both a high career commitment (40 percent) and a low career commitment (37 percent). Respondents with a high and low sense of accomplishment were also compared on their ratings of selected job characteristics. Characteristics rated highest by both groups were "job requires thinking" and "job entails variety." It appeared that career commitment was not transferred to commitment to present position, perhaps because the opportunities for advancement in present position are limited (for the group with a low sense of accomplishment) or salary in present position is inadequate. The findings of this study and other research provide some evidence of a relationship between certain personal needs and career commitment. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Medical Technology (Houston, TX, June 1982).