Older Doctoral Scientists and Engineers: Selected Labor Force Characteristics

Job Satisfaction

The degree of job satisfaction may also be related to scientists and engineers' employment status. In 1997, greater percentages of employed doctoral scientists and engineers in older age groups expressed satisfaction with their jobs than those in younger age groups. For example, while 71 percent of those 65 or older were "very satisfied" with their jobs, this level of satisfaction was reported by 50 percent of those 54 or younger. This distinction was less pronounced if those at least "somewhat satisfied" are also considered. There were 89 percent of scientists and engineers aged 49 or younger very or somewhat satisfied with their jobs, compared with 96 percent of those 65 or older.

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