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Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Howard T. Tokunaga


Job Satisfaction, Perceived Career Opportunities, Perceived Organizational Support, Work Engagement

Subject Areas

Psychology; Business


The purpose of the present study was to explore whether perceived organizational support and perceived career opportunities moderate the relationship between dimensions of work engagement and job satisfaction. Employed students from a large state university in California were selected as the participants of this study. A total of 181 surveys were analyzed. Results of the study did not show that perceived organizational support and perceived career opportunities were significant moderators of the work engagement-job satisfaction relationship. However, it was found that perceived organizational support strongly predicted all four aspects of job satisfaction (satisfaction with job security, coworkers, compensation, and supervisors). Perceived career opportunities, on the other hand, predicted only satisfaction with compensation. In addition, the results suggested that work engagement was a significant predictor of job satisfaction. Among the work engagement variables, dedication was the only variable that significantly predicted all four aspects of job satisfaction. Implications of the findings are discussed.