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Factors Influencing Job Choice among Agricultural Economics Professionals

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57043
Abstract:
This article identifies factors that influence agricultural economics professionals’ job choice between academic and government employment. Respondents agreed that job responsibilities were the most important factor in choosing their current position. They also agreed that having a positive work environment, good salary, family time, adequate resources, and professional and social interaction were important job attributes. Proportionally more women than men regarded partner opportunities, nondiscrimination, time for child care, and supportive colleagues as very important attributes influencing their decisions. A binomial probit of respondents’ current job sector indicates significant job choice determinants include sector preference (academic or government), previous professional experience, a positive work environment, and advancement opportunities.
Author(s):
Katherine McGraw , Jennie S. Popp , Bruce L. Dixon , Doris J. Newton
Subject(s):
agricultural economics , child care , employment , government agencies , men , professionals , social environment , wages and remuneration , women , working conditions
Source:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 2012 5 v.44 no.2
Language:
English
Year:
2012
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.