Higher education job growth continues on a faster pace than the overall U.S. employment during the second quarter, though the difference in growth rates is closing, according to a recent report from HighEdJobs, a job and career information source for the academic industry.
Based on an analysis by HigherEdJobs of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data, jobs in higher education increased 2.1 percent during the second quarter as opposed to 1.4 percent growth for all U.S. jobs for a difference of 0.7 percentage points. During the second quarter of 2011, higher education jobs openings grew 2.2 percent while other jobs grew 1 percent, representing a gap of 1.2 percentage points.
While the number of advertisements for job openings in higher education was up in the second quarter, it was at a slower growth rate as advertisements for job openings in higher education grew 24.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011.
The report also finds that colleges and universities are beginning to demonstrate a renewed emphasis on hiring full-time faculty as opposed to part-time faculty. In fact, job ads for full-time faculty hit 18.3 percent during the second quarter; however, job ads for part-time faculty remained mostly flat as they grew only 1.3 percent. According to historical data, job ads for part-time positions grew during and immediately following the recession.