Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Jennifer Klein

Second Advisor

Martin Boileau

Third Advisor

Joshua Strayhorn


The research conducted in this paper explores the determinants of an individual’s job satisfaction. The goal of this paper is to examine how one’s occupation affects overall satisfaction. Data from the National Survey of College Graduates (2010 & 2013) includes the use of overall satisfaction as well as component measures of satisfaction to allow for a more comprehensive understanding. The main models utilize logit regressions and funnel from looking at every occupation together to only including one occupation per model. Results show that with respect to overall satisfaction, post-secondary teachers and those in upper-management are the most satisfied with their jobs. Furthermore, satisfaction with respect to one’s salary is one of the biggest driving factors when determining overall satisfaction in every occupation.