Study: Female academics less satisfied than their male counterparts

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:54am
The Wall Street Journal

Differences in job satisfaction between men and women in academia exist, but vary across disciplines, a new study shows.

Untenured assistant professors at research universities in physical sciences and humanities reported being most satisfied with their positions, whereas those in education and visual and performing arts reported being least satisfied, according to a study released Monday by The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.

But greater discrepancies were seen when job satisfaction was split between the sexes. Differences in satisfaction between men and women were largest in social sciences.