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Higher Education Employment Report

HigherEdJobs publishes the Higher Education Employment Report each quarter to help administrators, policymakers, and journalists who cover higher education better understand current trends in higher education employment. Those seeking employment in academia may find the data and analysis helpful as well.

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Q3 - 2015 Report

Key findings of this report include:

  • The number of jobs in higher education continued to decline in Q3 2015, the fourth consecutive quarterly decline and the largest quarterly decline since at least 2007.
  • The number of advertisements for job openings continued to trend upward in Q3 2015, despite an environment of decreasing higher education employment.
  • The ratio of faculty to administrative and executive postings declined sharply in Q3 2015, even though the number of faculty postings continued to increase.
  • For the second quarter in a row, full-time job postings grew at a faster rate than part-time postings in Q3 2015, reversing a long-standing trend.
  • Job postings for full-time faculty grew at a much faster rate in Q3 2015 compared to last year but were still outgained by increases in postings for part-time faculty.
  • The number of jobs at community colleges continued to decline during Q3 2015 and at a faster rate than the year before. However, the number of advertised job openings at community colleges continued to increase during the same time period although at a slower rate than in previous years.
  • The West region experienced the largest percentage increase in higher education job postings in Q3 2015, driven by strong growth in both of its divisions.
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