How do the reasons for majoring reported in 2005 match with the job categories

How do the reasons for majoring reported in 2005

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How do the reasons for majoring, reported in 2005, match with the job categories majors reported in 2007 (see Table 3)? Although the findings suggest some patterns, none are significant. Those majors who were employed as clerical workers and administrators, teachers and librarians, social science researchers, or in “other” professions were more likely to be “idealists” than “careerists” (e.g., teachers and librarians were 12.8 A M E R I C A N S O C I O L O G I C A L A S S O C I AT I O N 10 PATHWAYS TO JOB SATISFACTION TABLE 3: REASONS FOR MAJORING IN SOCIOLOGY BY JOB CATEGORY? (In Percents) JOB CATEGORY IDEALIST CAREERIST FIRST TOTAL ATTRACTION Social Services 26.0 32.1 28.5 26.8 Clerical/Administrative Support 15.8 15.6 14.8 14.2 Management 9.7 9.2 9.7 11.8 Teachers, Librarians 12.8 8.3 10.2 10.3 Services 6.1 13.8 9.0 9.8 Sales, Marketing 8.7 4.6 9.3 9.3 Social Science Researchers 10.7 9.2 8.6 8.2 Others 3.1 4.6 3.7 4.1 Other Professionals (including PR and IT) 7.1 2.8 6.3 5.5 Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 Source: ASA Research and Development Department, What Can I do With a Bachelors in Sociology? A National Survey of Seniors Majoring in Sociology Wave I , spring 2005, Wave II , spring 2007.
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percent of the idealists and 8.3 percent of the careerists). In contrast, those in social service and service jobs (including those in the criminal justice system), and others were more likely to be “careerists”. Managers were the only occupational category of majors who were more likely to have majored in sociology because it was a flexible and convenient program (not shown in Table 3). As the Table shows, both careerists and idealists can be found in the same kind of occupations, suggesting that being an idealist does not stop sociology graduates from obtaining a wide variety of positions in the job market. The jobs of both those who scored highest on the idealist scale and those who scored highest on the careerist scale were significantly more closely related to sociology than those with lower scores. CONCLUSION These findings suggest several important pathways to job satisfaction for 778 sociology baccalaureates 18 months after their graduation in 2005. One pathway includes learning sociological skills, communicating them to potential employers, and using them on the job. Another pathway includes majoring in sociology for idealist or careerist reasons and obtaining a job that is closely related to sociological studies. The pathways do not relate to specific occupations; rather these majors are employed in a wide variety of jobs, with social service work as the largest category. The findings also suggests several directions for departments interested in improving the attractiveness of a sociology degree, increasing the likelihood that graduates will use sociological research skills on the job, and improving majors’ job satisfaction after graduation.
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  • Spring '17
  • Samantha S Kwan
  • Sociology

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