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Table 3

Placement of English PhDs, 1976-77 to 1996-97: Findings from Ten MLA Studies

  1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80 1981-82 1983-84 1986-87 1991-92 1993-94 1996-97
Tenure-track position 46.4% 46.9% 44.8% 45.1% 43.1% 39.2% 49.0% 51.1% 45.9% 35.0%
Non-tenure-track position (full-time) 20.2% 22.3% 20.4% 23.4% 22.7% 22.2% 25.7% 21.5% 20.2% 24.7%
Non-tenure-track position (part-time) 11.4% 11.4% 11.7% 9.9% 10.9% 11.6% 8.7% 10.3% 12.3% 13.0%
Postdoctoral fellowship 0.9% 1.3% 0.9% 2.3% 0.9% 0.5% 1.8% 0.9% 1.8% 3.4%
Academic administration 0.0% 0.0% 2.7% 2.3% 3.1% 2.6% 2.8% 2.8% 1.5% 2.7%
Placement outside higher education 10.0% 11.1% 14.2% 12.0% 14.2% 15.3% 6.8% 7.1% 7.8% 11.7%
Not employed 11.2% 7.0% 5.3% 5.1% 5.1% 8.6% 5.3% 6.3% 10.5% 9.4%
Basis for %s 1,004 1,026 873 841 742 760 681 961 895 1,144

Note: The numbers of PhDs used to calculate the placement percentages given in Table 3 count all PhDs whose employment placements were reported as known.

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