A report published by HigherEdJobs reveals that the number of jobs in higher education decreased in the third quarter of 2013, while the number of advertisements for job openings in higher education continued to grow at a faster pace.
HigherEdJobs, a source for jobs and career information in academia, publishes the Higher Education Employment Report each quarter to help administrators, policymakers, and journalists who cover higher education better understand current trends in higher education employment.
The report, which also includes annual recaps, analyzes job posting data from colleges and universities that have continuously subscribed to the company's unlimited posting plan for four years, a group of more than 850 schools, as well as data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In the third-quarter of 2013, the total number of jobs in higher education was down 1.4%, or about 23,000 jobs:
This was the third consecutive quarter that higher education jobs have declined after several years of stable growth, albeit slowing in recent years, throughout the recession. This period also marks the fourth quarter in a row that the overall U.S. job growth rate surpassed the growth rate for higher education jobs. As a result, the percentage of U.S. jobs that are in higher education was lower in Q3 2013 by 0.04 percent compared to the same quarter a year earlier, HigherEdJobs said in a statement.
In contrast to the declining numbers of jobs in higher education, the number of advertisements for job openings in academia continued to increase at a faster rate. According to the report, one possible explanation is that colleges and universities may be losing increasing numbers of employees — either to other institutions, non-educational employers, or to retirement — and are choosing to fill only a portion of the vacancies.
A pattern of uniform and stable employment in higher education has emerged recently with only relatively slight changes occurring in different categories of job postings including part-time compared to full-time, faculty compared to administrators, as well as regional job posting trends, according to data from HigherEdJobs.
Many colleges and universities are struggling with staffing, especially schools dependent on tuition that are also falling short on enrollment goals — and some students are spurning US colleges altogether in favor of cheaper overseas options. A new report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) found that the number of American students studying abroad has increased by 3%, raising that population to an all-time high. International students studying at colleges and universities in the United States also increased by a record 7%. The Open Doors report said that students studying abroad increased to more than 283,000 and the number of international students in U.S. colleges and universities in the 2012/2013 academic year grew to reach 819,644.