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1, Mar 19, 2013

“Ph.D.s in general have a less than 50 percent chance of having a full-time job”

Filed under: Education — admin @ 12:33 am

I used to think one can never go wrong by getting more educated, like going to graduate school, then to Ph.D. Not long ago I heard this from NPR, my favorite radio station.

What I learn is a bit discouraging. “…job numbers released by the National Science Foundation show that people with doctoral degrees in those technical fields are struggling to find work in their industries.”

“Jordan Weissmann, an editor at The Atlantic, analyzed the latest NSF figures. Upon graduation, he says, ‘Ph.D.s in general have a less than 50 percent chance of having a full-time job, and that percentage has been decreasing for about 20 years.'”

“Worse yet, as of 2011, approximately one-third of people graduating with a doctoral degree in science, technology, math or engineering had no job or post-doctoral offer of any kind.”

In fact, it is more than discouraging. I don’t know what to make of it, but it is certainly scary, as if the U.S. with its poor economy is no longer able to provide enough jobs for those with a doctoral degree. I guess we won’t be able to see many foreign students in our doctoral programs here.

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