The Psychological Record

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 413–425 | Cite as

Job Satisfaction in High Technology and Traditional Industry: Is There a Difference?

  • Glenn Gamst
  • Charles M. Otten


It is widely believed that work in the high technology sector is different from traditional industry. Yet based upon a random sample of 1509 members of the Silicon Valley work force, no reliable differences were found between industrial sectors on composite job satisfaction. Although degrees of satisfaction were virtually the same for high technology and traditional work, relatively large differences divided social classes within the workplace. These findings may challenge the theory that work in the “postindustrial,” high technology society of the future will be more satisfying. The results suggest that the well documented relationship among class, occupation, and job satisfaction will persist into the new workplaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn Gamst
    • 1
  • Charles M. Otten
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral ScienceClinch Valley College of the University of VirginiaWiseUSA
  2. 2.San Jose State UniversityUSA

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