Since 2009, we’ve conducted an annual analysis of U.S.-based academic and nonacademic positions placed in ASA’s online Job Bank. Although not a comprehensive source for all positions available to trained sociologists, the Job Bank provides a substantial number of listings for academic sociology positions. In our latest data brief, we find that faculty positions posted in 2013 remained steady, with a slight increase in assistant and open/multiple rank positions posted in 2013 over 2012.
What would make you consider an applied, research, or policy position that was outside the academy? See our latest MS PowerPoint presentation–The Sociology Pipeline for Today’s Graduate Students–and share your comments here on our blog space.
The latest publicly available data for postgraduation plans of doctoral degree recipients in sociology and other social sciences are available on the Research Department’s Trends in Sociology page. We also have included unemployment rates among sociology and other social science degree holders, which can be viewed here.
What new or additional data tables would you like to see the Research Department publish in the future?
The job market for new PhDs–as reflected in advertisements for assistant professor or open-rank positions in the ASA online Job Bank–continued to grow in 2012-2013. Available jobs were at their highest level since before the Great Recession, and there was an 84% success rate in filling available positions. Yet, only 69% of the offers made were to sociologists. For more information, see our latest Job Bank research brief, On the Road to Recovery: Findings from the ASA 2012–2013 Job Bank Survey.
Why aren’t more sociologists hired? And what can or should PhD-level departments do?
Is student assessment a top-down mandate from the administration, the state, the regional accrediting body, or the U.S. Department of Education for your department? If so how does your department benefit from this activity, and, if so, how?
Please refer to our latest research brief (below) and do share your comments with us!