The number of jobs in higher education ticked upward in Q3 2014, reversing a downward trend that lasted four consecutive quarters, according to the latest report from HigherEdJobs. An analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by HigherEdJobs found the total number of jobs in higher education increased by about 3,200 jobs, or 0.2 percent in Q3 2014 compared to the same period last year. Four-year colleges and universities gained 5,800 jobs, or 0.4 percent, while community colleges lost 2,600 jobs, or 3.7 percent of their workforce.
The total number of higher education jobs lost from Q3 2013 to Q2 2014, inclusive, was approximately 57,500, so the 3,200 increase in Q3 2014 was fairly minor but could indicate either a break in the trend or a possible cessation of the recent downward movement.
The latest report from HigherEdJobs also examines advertisements for job postings in academia. It found that the number of advertisements for job postings in academia continued to increase in Q3 2014, but at a moderated pace. Institutions also continued to shift their hiring slightly towards administrative and executive positions over faculty positions compared to last year while the actual numbers of postings for both types of positions were up. <Read more.>