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  1. Too Many or Too Few PhDs? Employment Opportunities in Academic Sociology

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2006, and describes the leading areas of specialization sought in advertised assistant professor positions.

  2. Use of Adjunct and Part-time Faculty in Sociology

    This data brief examines the current use of part-time and adjunct faculty by graduate sociology departments. It also studies the employment status of “new” sociology doctoral degree holders to determine whether they are finding full-time positions in the current job market.

  3. Still a Down Market: Findings from the 2009/2010 Job Bank Survey

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2009, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include a decrease in the number of advertised academic jobs in 2009, compared to the previous year.

  4. On the Upswing: Findings from the ASA 2011-2012 Job Bank Survey

    Based on positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2011, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include an increase in the number of advertised jobs, post-Great Recession.

  5. On the Road to Recovery: Findings from the ASA 2012–2013 Job Bank Survey

    Based on positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2012, and presents survey results of the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Highlights include an increase in the number of advertised jobs, surpassing their pre-Great Recession high.

  6. Faculty Position Opportunities in Sociology Appear to Hold Steady: Position Postings from the 2013 ASA Job Bank

    This data brief summarizes the number and types of positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank in 2013, presents trends in available positions over multiple years, and identifies areas of sociological interest sought in 2013 Job Bank adds. Findings include a slight increase in advertisements over previous years.

  7. Down Market? Findings from the 2008 ASA Job Bank Survey

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2008, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include a decrease in the number of advertised jobs between 2006 and 2008.

  8. Moving Toward Recovery: Findings from the 2010 Job Bank Survey

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2010, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include a increase in the number of advertised positions compared to 2009, especially for assistant professors.

  9. New Doctorates in Sociology: Professions Inside and Outside the Academy

    Research brief examining career aspirations and transitions from graduate school into academic and nonacademic positions for a cohort of PhD sociologists. Findings include a relatively favorable job market and low unemployment for a cohort of sociology PhDs who received their degrees between July 1, 1996 and August 31, 1997.

  10. Postdoctorates: Another Stage in the Sociology Pipeline?

    Using three datasets, this short research brief provides preliminary information about the experiences of a small group of postdoctorates and the scope and type of postdocs available to sociologists.