ERIC Number: ED306532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Professional Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction among Practicing Counselors: Implications for Counselor Education.
Jaeger, Richard M.; Tesh, Anita S.
This study examined the degree and dimensions of professional satisfaction among a large, nationally-representative sample of practicing counselors. The objectives of the study included estimating the distribution of global professional satisfaction among practicing counselors; examining the relationships between counselors' global professional satisfaction and demographics and experiential/situational factors; and examining the validity and applicability of Herzberg's Motivator-Hygiene Theory of job satisfaction to the role of professional counselor. Data were collected in a nationwide sample survey of 742 practicing counselors. Findings revealed that: (1) global professional satisfaction among counselors was substantially higher than among employed persons generally; (2) far more school counselors prepared in counseling graduate programs or psychology graduate programs were highly satisfied with their profession than were school counselors prepared in other graduate programs (such as social work or education); (3) far more male counselors who worked in specialties other than school counseling were highly satisfied with their profession than were male school counselors or female counselors, regardless of work setting; and (4) Herzberg's Motivator-Hygiene Theory did not explain the dimensions of professional satisfaction and dissatisfaction of practicing counselors. Results imply that effective preparation of professional counselors requires that they be realistically informed about the contexts and major tasks their jobs are likely to impose. Twenty-two references and four figures are included. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March, 27-31, 1989).