Higher ed jobs are still growing faster than the general labor market – but the gap is beginning to close.
Jobs in higher education are still on the rise. But since 2011, the pace of growth (including the number of advertised job openings) in the higher ed job market has been moderating – a trend that continued throughout Q1 2012.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in higher ed grew by 1.8 percent during the first quarter of 2012, slightly ahead of the 1.5 percent growth rate for all jobs. Comparatively, in Q1 2012, higher ed job growth (2.6 percent) significantly outpaced growth in the general labor market (1.1 percent).
According to the report published by HigherEdJobs.com, colleges and universities continued to invest more in hiring administrators and executives than in faculty in Q1 2012. There was greater emphasis on utilizing part-time faculty than part-time administrators in 2011 – a trend that continued into the first quarter of 2012.
HigherEdJobs.com 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.