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  1. How Does Our Membership Grow? Indicators of Change by Gender, Race and Ethnicity, and Degree Type, 2001-2007

    This research brief studies changes in ASA membership between 2001 and 2007, focusing on gender, race and ethnicity, and degree type. In particular, it examines characteristics of members with a terminal master's degree, compared to those whose highest degree is the doctorate.

  2. Pathways to Job Satisfaction: What Happened to the Class of 2005?

    This is the second in a series of research briefs to focus on the job outcomes of the 2005 sociology cohort. This brief describes a pathway from the sociological research skills learned as an undergraduate to the types of jobs obtained one and a half years after graduation and the effect on job satisfaction. 

  3. The Health of Sociology: Statistical Fact Sheets, 2007

    This factbook serves as a statistical compendium addressing subjects such as the impact of sociological journals, labor force participation for sociologists, and degrees in sociology, among other topics.

  4. 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.

  5. Profile of 2001 ASA Membership

    This data brief describes 2001 ASA member characteristics, including basic demographics, employment status, and self-reported income level.

  6. Profile of 2005 ASA Membership: Who Joined, Who Moved to the Top, and Who Is in What Sub-field?

    This research brief profiles ASA memberhip in 2005, comparing member characteristics to those in 2001. Highlights include somewhat of an increase in the percentage representation of student members in 2005.

  7. A Decade of Change: ASA Membership from 2000 - 2010

    This research brief examines changes in ASA membership over a decade. It presents gender breakdowns, employment status, and race and ethnicity of members. It also notes that in 2005, women comprised the majority of ASA membership for the first time.

  8. After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

    This data brief documents trends in sociology bachelor's degrees granted from 1980-1995, comparing them to a limited number of other disciplines.

  9. After the Fall: Growth Trends Continue

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology continued to rebound from years past, increasing by 5 percent between 1995 and 1996.

  10. BA Growth Trend: Sociology Overtakes Economics

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology exceeded those in economics between 1994 and 1997.