Higher Education Employment Increases in Q2 2017 But Not at Community Colleges

The total number of jobs in higher education increased during Q2 2017 by the largest second quarter amount in five years, according to a recent report from HigherEdJobs, the leading job and career site for higher education professionals.

According to an analysis of US Bureau of Labor Statistics data by HigherEdJobs, higher education employment increased 0.8 percent, or roughly 29,900 jobs, during the second quarter. This was the largest second quarter increase since Q2 2012 when it increased by essentially the same amount. Public and private institutions experienced similar percentage job growth but public institutions saw a larger increase in the number of jobs because they employ almost twice as many people. Meanwhile, community colleges lost more than 12,500 jobs, or 1.8 percent, in Q2 2017, the 14th consecutive month of year-over-year quarterly job losses for this type of academic institution.

Even though the number of jobs increased in higher education, job postings for open positions at colleges and universities were down during the second quarter, decreasing 1.9 percent compared to the year before. Although this was the second consecutive quarter that job postings decreased, it was not as severe and considered an improvement from the immediately previous quarter’s decline of 4.5 percent. The Q2 2017 decline was driven by decreases in postings for full-time faculty and administrative positions and was geographically broad-based. However, postings for part-time faculty and administrative positions both increased and at a slightly higher rate during Q2 2017 than in Q1 2017.

The report analyzes the most current data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and HigherEdJobs’ posting trends from roughly 880 colleges and universities that have continuously subscribed to the company’s unlimited posting plan for four years. The full report can be viewed at http://www.higheredjobs.com/career/quarterly-report.cfm.

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