When I achieved a Master’s degree about twenty years ago, a PhD (or other doctorate degree like EdD, and PsyD) seemed to be a pretty certain entry into prestigious and durable careers in academia.
Not these days, according to a new Los Angeles Times article.
Here are some excerpts from Universities are offering doctorates but few jobs, by Alana Semuels.
As they walk in hooded robes to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” many students getting their doctorates this spring dream of heading to another university to begin their careers as tenure-track professors.
But when Elena Stover finished her doctorate in September, she headed to the poker tables.
Frustrated with the limited opportunities and grueling lifestyle of academia, Stover, 29, decided to eschew a career in cognitive neuroscience for one playing online poker.
She got the idea from a UCLA career counselor, who was trying to help her find employment. (Photo by Robert Durell, for The Times.)
“The job market is abysmal, especially within the academic system,” said Stover, who spent six years getting her doctorate at UCLA.
It has never been easy to find a tenure-track teaching job.
But this year, dwindling endowments and shrinking state budgets — especially in California — have made that goal more elusive than ever.
The California State University system lost 10% of its teaching force over the last year, which is the equivalent of 1,230 full-time posts. …
Many universities are cutting costs by reducing full-time staff and hiring adjunct or part-time professors. … Graduates with humanities doctorates are particular vulnerable to the downturn in university hiring.
The number of doctorates awarded by U.S. colleges and universities reached an all-time high in 2008 at 48,802, nearly double the number awarded in 1970.
People holding doctoral degrees do, on average, make more money than workers with less education… But the highest-paid doctorate holders tend to be those with degrees in the hard sciences working in the private sector.
Some who are outside of academia are emphatic about the problems.
“If you’re thinking about going to graduate school, don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it,” said Erin Williams Hyman. After receiving a doctorate in comparative literature from UCLA in 2005, she looked three years for a job as a professor but was unsuccessful. Now she works as a consultant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Those who do get doctoral degrees don’t have to be tied to academic careers, said Alexandra Lord, the founder of Beyond Academe, a website that educates historians about opportunities outside the ivory tower.
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Article publié pour la première fois le 04/06/2010