Humanities Indicators
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Job Satisfaction of Humanities Teachers

The levels of satisfaction among those in a particular career track can provide useful guidance to those considering that type of employment and may also serve as a predictor of long-term retention of employees. The Humanities Indicators offers measures of job satisfaction for three populations: 1) teachers of humanities subjects at the precollegiate level (presented here); 2) the humanities professoriate; and 3) humanities majors in any type of employment.

Findings and Trends

  • In 2007–2008, slightly more than 45% of humanities teachers indicated that if they “could go back to [their] college days and start over again” they would certainly become teachers (Indicator I-12).
  • The level of job satisfaction found among humanities teachers was similar (within five percentage points) to that reported by teachers of other subjects, with the exception of the natural sciences, in which field only 38% of teachers reported the same level of enthusiasm for their teaching careers.
I-12: Percentage of Teachers Who Would Teach Again, by Subject Taught, 2007–2008*

* Includes regular full- and part-time teachers, itinerant teachers, and long-term substitutes employed at public, private, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–2008 Schools and Staffing Survey (restricted-use data files).

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