ERIC Number: ED231464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Follow-Up Study of Dietetic Technician Graduates 1980-1982. Volume 12, No. 9.
Gebert, Henriette D.; Lucas, John A.
A follow-up study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to evaluate and obtain externally required information about the dietetic technician program. Surveys were mailed to all 47 of the students who graduated from the program between 1980 and 1982 to obtain information on their employment status, job title, length of service, relatedness of current job to dietetic technician, salary, job search experiences, evaluation of preparation, and continuing education experiences. Study findings, based on a 92% response rate, included the following: (1) 56% of the respondents were employed full-time and 32% were employed part-time; (2) among those employed full-time, 79% were working in a field related to dietetic technician, while only 38% of the respondents employed part-time were working in a related field; (3) about 18% of the respondents reported difficulty in finding a job; (4) 42% of those employed full-time found their jobs through the WRHC program coordinator, clinical faculty, or contacts, and 21% found their jobs on their own; (5) the average salary of the program graduates was $13,000 per year, compared to an average of $14,373 for all WRHC graduates; (6) 90% of the graduates were satisfied with their jobs, and 70% felt their jobs matched their skills; (7) previously identified dietetic tasks were performed less frequently by 1982 graduates than by earlier graduates; and (8) about 40% of the respondents had continued their education since completing the dietetic technician program. Extensive data tables and the survey instrument are included. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.