Academics in Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • INFRATEST, München
  • SPIEGEL-Verlag, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Elites and leadership
  • Abstract

    Education, professional career and professional situation of academics in the FRG. The self-image of academics and their social-political attitudes. Topics: Information on college studies such as e.g. length of studies, subjects studied and final examination; final grade; financing of studies; participation in practical training and supplemental qualifications acquired; description of first job after conclusion of course of studies; type of application and mediation; characteristics of occupation and place of work (scale); work areas and activities; professional history; change of job; change of occupation; interruptions of professional life; professional situation and position; type of occupational further education; evaluation of college studies; evaluation of relevance to practice and the general usefulness of university education for professional career; judgement on one´s own decision to study in retrospect; relationship to scientific work; evaluation of the doctorate and general advancement of academics; judgement on social standing of academics; factors determining one´s own choice of occupation (scale); occupational satisfaction and contentment with life; assessment of personal job security; attitude to lowering the age limit; political interest; most important tasks of the government; preferred measures to combat unemployment; attitude to co-determination; judgement on the economic situation in the FRG and one´s own economic situation; party preference (Sunday question); self-assessment and assessment of the leading newspapers on a left-right continuum; reading magazines and general information conduct; satisfaction with income and salary classification; memberships. To complete a written part of the survey the respondent was handed a booklet to be filled out, in which primarily questions were posed on professional career, the characteristics of practiced occupation and the image of leading magazines. Besides this the general attitude to society and relations in the FRG were surveyed by means of a scale. Additionally the question of party preference was posed a second time (thus in this case in writing). Demography: year of birth; sex; marital status; number of children; income; household income; social origins; annual gross income; knowledge of foreign languages.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-03 / 1979-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with college degree in possession of a telephone. The ´random sample´ was enhanced by a ´quota sample´ of 739 persons in those cases where a sufficient number of cases had not been obtained for sub-groups.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2508
    Number of Variables: 684
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1041 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • SPIEGEL-Verlag (Hrsg.): Akademiker in Deutschland: Eine Analyse ihrer beruflichen Situation und ihrer gesellschaftspolitischen Einstellung. Hamburg: SPIEGEL-Verlag 1980.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 243 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22