Teacher’s Job satisfaction, organization commitment and turnover intention are very important topics in educational research. Based on related research, this study developeda causal model and used job characteristics as mediating variables to analyze how background variables affect an individual’s subjective job consciousness (including jobsatisfaction, organization commitment and turnover intention), and compared thecharacteristics of such job consciousness between teachers and employees in other occupations in Taiwan. The data used in the analysis are from the “Social Change Survey in Taiwan 2005.” The results sho wed that elementary and secondary school teachers hadhigher levels of job satisfaction and organization commitment and a lower level of turnover intention than employees with different occupations. A further path analysis suggested that many variables associated with job characteristics had significant effects onemployees’ job satisfaction and organization commitment. Besides, job characteristics also significantly influenced turnover intention through mediation of job satisfaction andorganization commitment. Due to advantages in job characteristics, elementary andsecondary school teachers exhibited relatively higher levels of job satisfaction andorganizational commitment than most employees with different occupations. Their lower turnover intention was a result of their higher job satisfaction and organizationalcommitment.
Keywords: job satisfaction, elementary and secondary school teachers, organization commitment, turnover intention