Journal of Social Sciences

Personal Characteristics Affecting Agricultural Extension Workers' Job Satisfaction Level

Ali Asadi, Fereshteh Fadakar, Zahra Khoshnodifar, Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi and Gholamhossein Hosseininia

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2008.246.250

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 4

Pages 246-250

Abstract

Problem Statement: One of the closely associated concepts with performance of an organization is job satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between personal characteristics and job satisfaction. Approach: A survey of 52 extension workers was conducted in Fars Province, southern Iran. To collect data, a questionnaire including Bray field and Rothe Job Satisfaction Index was used. Results: The study found that the majority of the extension workers (65.5%) belonged to intermediate level of job satisfaction, followed by 29.1 and 5.5% belonging to high and low level of job satisfaction, respectively. Regression results also indicated that the full model was moderately successful, explaining 45% of the variances in the job satisfaction. Two independent variables that accounted for the explained variances were monthly salary (27%) and marital status (18%). Conclusions/Recommendations: Administration should conduct a periodic needs assessment to determine the level of job satisfaction of personnel and identify methods for increasing satisfaction based on these findings.

Copyright

© 2008 Ali Asadi, Fereshteh Fadakar, Zahra Khoshnodifar, Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi and Gholamhossein Hosseininia. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.