Research on Perceptions of “Dirty Work”


The WAVE lab is conducting a series of studies to better understand perceptions of dirty work, which is defined as jobs that are associated with physical, social, and/or moral occupational stigma. Our current study relies on survey data. If you’d like to participate in the study, you can do so here. Requirements for participation are that you are at least 18 years old and employed full- or part-time in the US. Approximate completion time is 15-20 minutes.


As a part of this study, we are conducting a lottery drawing for five $45 cash gift cards. After completion of the survey, you will have the option to provide information for entry into the lottery. Although we ask that you complete our survey before entering the lottery, completion is not required for entry. You may also enter the lottery here. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Limit one entry per person. The drawing will be completed on May 3rd, 2021, and winners will be contacted shortly after. Approximately one out of every eighty entrants will be selected and awarded a prize.

Learn About Your Career Personality

Dr. Behrend and Alex Gloss recently attended the 2017 WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. In collaboration with WorldSkills International, they have developed a survey for use by member countries and competition participants. The survey assesses an individual’s fit with their current competition pathway and future career, and allows them to explore other career options based upon their personality and interests.

To take the survey, click here.



Workforce Learning and the Importance of Interests

WAVE Director Dr. Tara Behrend recently addressed the Stanford University mediaX community at a conference focused on “Workforce and Learning Pathways In A Period of Dynamic Change.” Her talk argued for the importance of considering interests and person-organization fit in understanding career success and learning pathways.


Dr. Behrend Interests Talk at MediaX


To watch the talk, click here.

To learn more about the event and other presenters, click here.