Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Agricultural Systems Technology and Education


Gilbert A. Long


The purpose of the study was to determine the migration patterns of vocational agricultural graduates in Utah during the first 5 years following their high school graduation in 1969, and compare these patterns with Ohio graduates of 1963. Former graduates of 23 of the qualifying 28 departments were included in this study. A random sample of students were surveyed.

Forty percent of the 1969 graduates were engaged in agricultural occupations or agricultural study in college. A total of 30.6 percent of the graduates had moved from their home communities since graduating from high school. More than 88 percent of the migrants lived within 200 miles of their home community, with most (four of five) within 25 miles. There was a significant relationship between migration and current occupation. Seven other variables were not significantly related to migration as follows:

There were no statistically significant differences between migrants and nonmigrants with respect to residence of origin, educational level of father, educational level of mother, number of older brothers, occupation of father, estimated level of income, and rank in graduating class. In addition, there were no significant differences between nonmigrants and migrants in terms of marital status, military experience, level of formal education, type of education beyond high school, and the LDS mission experience.