NEWS FROM APA’S CENTER FOR WORKFORCE STUDIES
WHAT DRIVES PSYCHOLOGISTS TO WORK PART TIME?
Reasons for Working Part Time
By Luona Lin, MPP, Peggy Christidis, PhD, and Karen Stamm, PhD
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1National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. (2013). National Survey of College Graduates Public Use
Microdata File and Codebook. Retrieved from https://sestat.nsf.gov/datadownload/. The use of NSF data does not imply NSF endorsement of the research,
research methods or conclusions contained in this report.
2 Working part time refers to working less than 35 hours per week in the principal job (job spent the most hours) in a typical week.
One-third of employed psychologists—those whose highest degree is a doctoral or
professional degree in psychology—worked part-time at their principle jobs in 2013.1, 2
■ The top reason they reported working part time was that they “did not need or
want to work more hours” ( 54 percent), followed by “family responsibilities”
( 35 percent) and “full-time job not available” ( 34 percent).
■ Women were more likely to work part time due to family responsibilities than men
( 39 percent versus 18 percent).
■ Men were more likely than women to work part time due to previous retirement or
semi-retirement ( 42 percent versus 15 percent).
Source: 2013 National Survey of College Graduates, National Science Foundation
Did not need
or want to work
4 4 5 0.3 0.4 0.2
54 55 Men Women Overall