STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Growth in the number of jobs in higher education continued to moderate in Q4 2011, a trend that started to emerge mid-year. Likewise, the number of advertisements for job openings in higher education also continued to increase, but at a moderating pace, according to a new report from HigherEdJobs, the leading source for jobs and career information in academia. (http://www.higheredjobs.com/career/quarterly-report.cfm)
The report also found that colleges and universities appear to be using part-time positions to fill all types of openings, with possibly more emphasis on part-time faculty than on part-time administrators. During Q4 2011, 17.3 percent of all faculty postings were for part-time positions, up from 15.8 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.
An analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data by HigherEdJobs found that the number of actual jobs in higher education grew 2.0 percent during Q4 2011 and increased 2.2 percent for the year. That was down from 2.6 percent growth during Q4 2010 and an increase of 2.8 percent for all of 2010.
While the number of jobs in higher education continued to rise regardless of the U.S. economy, the number of job openings has been more variable. The number of job postings in academia grew 15.3 percent from Q4 2010 to Q4 2011. In comparison, after the recession postings jumped 43.7 percent from Q4 2009 to Q4 2010.
The report examines job posting data from colleges and universities that have been continuously subscribed to the company's unlimited posting plan for four years or longer, a group of more than 700 schools, as well as data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
HigherEdJobs is the leading source for jobs and career information in academia. During 2011, more than 4,700 colleges and universities posted over 97,000 faculty, administrative and executive job postings to the company's website. HigherEdJobs receives 1 million unique visitors a month. HigherEdJobs is published by Internet Employment Linkage, Inc. and is headquartered in State College, Pa.
To view the complete report, go to: http://www.higheredjobs.com/career/quarterly-report.cfm
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