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Supply of and Demand for PhD-Level Rehabilitation Counseling Educators and Researchers: An Investigation of Perceptions and Trends

Supply of and Demand for PhD-Level Rehabilitation Counseling Educators and Researchers: An... Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the supply of and demand for PhD-level rehabilitation counseling educators and researchers. Method A national study was conducted using online survey to collect data. The participants comprised 128 educators and researchers. The analytical techniques included t -tests, measures of central tendency, and correlational analyses. Results The findings show that 54.4% participants believed there is a shortage of PhD-level educators and researchers; however, only 14.3% felt optimistic regarding the employment outlook for future PhD graduates. From the supply-side perspective, 141 doctorates were awarded during the four academic years from 2011–2012 through 2014–2015. Over the same period, there was a demand to fill 418 openings, albeit most not tenured or tenure-track positions. Conclusion The tenuous link between supply and demand makes predicting this job market a challenge. The potential glut of PhD graduates is of concern and needs to be addressed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Springer Publishing

Supply of and Demand for PhD-Level Rehabilitation Counseling Educators and Researchers: An Investigation of Perceptions and Trends

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Publisher
Springer Publishing
Copyright
© 2021 Springer Publishing Company
ISSN
2168-6653
eISSN
2168-6661
DOI
10.1891/0889-7018.32.4.218
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the supply of and demand for PhD-level rehabilitation counseling educators and researchers. Method A national study was conducted using online survey to collect data. The participants comprised 128 educators and researchers. The analytical techniques included t -tests, measures of central tendency, and correlational analyses. Results The findings show that 54.4% participants believed there is a shortage of PhD-level educators and researchers; however, only 14.3% felt optimistic regarding the employment outlook for future PhD graduates. From the supply-side perspective, 141 doctorates were awarded during the four academic years from 2011–2012 through 2014–2015. Over the same period, there was a demand to fill 418 openings, albeit most not tenured or tenure-track positions. Conclusion The tenuous link between supply and demand makes predicting this job market a challenge. The potential glut of PhD graduates is of concern and needs to be addressed.

Journal

Rehabilitation Research, Policy and EducationSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2018

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