Academic Job Market in Sociology Shows Signs of Rebounding

Academic job openings for new sociology Ph.D.’s last year finally edged past the number of positions available just before the recession hit, according to a job-market report released on Tuesday by the American Sociological Association.

According to the report, a total of 507 assistant-professor, open-rank, and multiple-rank jobs were advertised in the association’s job bank in 2012, compared with 499 of those positions in 2008. Most of the advertisements were for assistant professors, and the number of positions listed for that rank was up 9 percent from the year before. The total number of jobs listed in 2012 was up by 5.6 percent from 2011.

Among the searches conducted for advertised positions in 2012, 84 percent resulted in a hire, about the same as the hire rate of 83 percent in 2011.<Read more.>

Via Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.