Job Satisfaction among Academic Staff: A Cross-sectional Study

  • MARYAM HESAMPOUR Dept. of Health Education and Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • MORTEZA AKBARI Dept. of Epidemiology and Statistics, Faculty of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • NARGES KHANJANI Associate Professor, Environmental Health Engineering Research Center, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • AHMAD NAGHIBZADEH-TAHAMI PhD Candidate in Epidemiology, Research Center for Modeling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • AZIZALLAH DEHGHAN Noncommunicable Diseases Research Center, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa, Iran
  • AMIR REZA NABIPOUR Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • AHMAD MAGHSOUDI Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • HAMZEH ALIPOUR Dept. of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, Research Center for Health Sciences, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Keywords: Job satisfaction, Academics, Iran

Abstract

 Academics of universities have a critical and important role in the development and progress of countries as the main pillars of the higher education system. Job dissatisfaction can lead to their reduced research efficiency and work quality. This study was conducted to evaluate job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among academics of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. It was a cross-sectional, descriptive and analytical study conducted in 2012 on 206 academics working at that university. Sampling was done systematically and data gathered using a researcher made questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS16 software as well as parametric and nonparametric methods. Job satisfaction of academics was average, with a mean of 58.5 ± 15.7 from 100 (Range: 42.8-74.2). The highest satisfaction was related to the dimensions of job nature and the lowest was in salaries and wages. Male academics were more satisfied than females (P=0.04). In addition, the mean of faculty member's job satisfaction in different faculties was significantly different (P=0.03). Generally, academics had a relatively good satisfaction level. Improving salaries, correcting the process of promotion and optimizing the management system are among factors that need more attention from authorities, in order to increase the academic members' satisfaction level.

Author Biography

AHMAD MAGHSOUDI, Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

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Published
2017-02-11
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HESAMPOUR M, AKBARI M, KHANJANI N, NAGHIBZADEH-TAHAMI A, DEHGHAN A, NABIPOUR AR, MAGHSOUDI A, ALIPOUR H. Job Satisfaction among Academic Staff: A Cross-sectional Study. Int J Occup Hyg. 8(3):129-135.
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