Job Dissatisfaction: A Factor in Maintaining a Highly-Qualified Family and Consumers Sciences Teacher Workforce
The supply and demand mismatch in available family and consumer sciences (FACS) teachers in the State of Illinois makes it essential that attrition among highly qualified FACS teachers be decreased or eliminated. Job dissatisfaction has been a signification predictor of the decision to end employment. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify specific factors that contributed to the level of job satisfaction or dissatisfaction among Illinois FACS teachers. Using a descriptive research design, members of the Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Association were asked to participate in an online survey. Results revealed the majority (95.06%) of participants (N= 81) were at least satisfied with their job. However, five extrinsic factors that were selected with the highest frequency are identified and discussed. The findings in this study are important because extrinsic factors are associated with increased levels of job dissatisfaction which could result in a teacher exiting the profession.