Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the work satisfaction of college students as related to their on-campus jobs. The six independent variables were the way in which the student was chosen for employment, the type of work being performed, prior work experience, the amount of orientation received, the number of hours worked per week, and if the work position was related to the student's college major. The dependent variable was work satisfaction of the student toward the job currently being held. The statements reflecting the dependent variables were treatment by supervisor, job usefulness, employment interference with study time, employment interference with social life, sense of accomplishment, and job reference. Five composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level. Composite null hypotheses one through four were tested using three-way analysis of variance. Composite null hypothesis five was tested using a two-way analysis of variance. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations. (1) Those assigned to clerical positions reported greater total satisfaction than those assigned to athletically related positions. Those assigned to clerical positions reported numerically more satisfaction than any other group. (2) In nearly all instances, those receiving adequate orientation reported greater satisfaction than those receiving some orientation. The relations hips among orientation and job usefulness, schedule for study needs, no interference with social life, sense of accomplishment, and for total satisfaction reported greater satisfaction among those receiving an adequate amount of orientation, while those receiving some orientation generally reported the lowest satisfaction in all groups. (3) Those who applied and interviewed for their work positions reported greater satisfaction in nearly all comparisons that were significant. (4) Those employed in a position related to major course of study reported the highest total satisfaction as well as in the areas of social life, treatment by supervisor, and job reference. Satisfaction was usually the result of more than one single condition.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1989

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1989 Jerri Lynn Sapp


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