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Table 4

Placement of Foreign Language 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 46.0% 43.3% 39.0% 41.2% 34.8% 41.4% 49.8% 48.8% 42.7% 40.1%
Non-tenure-track position (full-time) 18.7% 20.0% 18.4% 20.1% 28.4% 25.1% 24.7% 20.9% 24.5% 25.9%
Non-tenure-track position (part-time) 9.5% 8.5% 8.9% 9.7% 10.2% 7.2% 4.9% 8.6% 8.4% 8.3%
Postdoctoral fellowship 1.2% 2.0% 2.2% 1.6% 1.3% 1.9% 2.2% 2.2% 1.7% 1.9%
Academic administration 0.0% 0.0% 3.1% 2.6% 2.6% 2.6% 2.2% 1.4% 0.5% 1.3%
Placement outside higher education 13.6% 15.8% 20.3% 19.3% 16.7% 16.1% 13.1% 11.0% 12.2% 9.2%
Not employed 11.0% 10.4% 8.1% 5.4% 6.0% 5.8% 3.3% 6.7% 10.0% 10.1%
Basis for %s 674 691 675 611 532 573 450 584 662 673

Note: The numbers of PhDs used to calculate the placement percentages given in Table 4 include all PhDs whose employment placements were reported as known.

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