Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2010


Antonie Jetter

Course Title

Human Side of Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 519/619


Engineering -- Management, Technology -- Management, Sex discrimination in employment, Wage differentials, Graduate students in engineering


This research aims to investigate some of the determining factors of three job expectations namely: salary, benefits and work-life balance, by analyzing the effects of gender, marital status and generation on student job expectations in a sample of graduate students from the Engineering and Technology Management Department at Portland State University. A study was designed to test the relationships between student salary expectations and gender, benefit expectations and marital status, and work-life balance and generation. A survey questionnaire was prepared based on relevant literature review and administered to a total of 102 current students. Cross-classification tables were used to summarize the information obtained in the survey; then chi-square and log-linear statistical models were used to analyze the relevance of the data obtained through the student survey. The results obtained from the survey were validated by comparing them with those presented in relevant literature in the same areas of research. The findings of the survey suggest that female students have lower salary expectations than male students with similar characteristics. There are no differences between single and married students in terms of their employment benefit preferences. Lastly, generation X and generation Y students have similar work-life balance expectations but different to those of older students.


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