ERIC Number: ED296520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
The Effect of Postsecondary Education on the Occupational Attainments of Deaf Adults.
Welsh, William A.; Walter, Gerard G.
This study examined the work force attainments of three groups of deaf adults: persons with no college degrees, persons with sub-Baccalaureate degrees, and persons with Bachelor degrees. Data were derived from the "Alumni Feedback Questionnaire" of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and from the "Secondary School Graduate Follow-up Program for the Deaf." They were compared on the following variables: unemployment rate, socioeconomic status, and vertical mobility. Results showed that deaf adults with degrees fared much better in the work force than did deaf high-school graduates in a number of ways: (1) Their unemployment rates were substantially lower. (2) They were employed much more often in managerial/professional occupations, indicating that deaf people increased their employment in white collar careers as they attained higher degrees. (3) They earned significantly higher wages over the course of a lifetime. In the area of upward mobility, a degree appeared not to make as much difference. Deaf adults without college degrees and those with Bachelor degrees showed little vertical mobility; those with sub-Bachelor degrees showed some gains over a 15-year period, probably due to entering occupational areas with career ladders. (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Career Ladders, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Deafness, Degrees (Academic), Education Work Relationship, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Occupational Mobility, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Salary Wage Differentials, Socioeconomic Status, Technical Institutes, Unemployment, Wages, White Collar Occupations
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rochester Inst. of Technology, NY. National Technical Inst. for the Deaf.
Note: For related documents, see EC 210 285-290.