More Jobs, Fewer New Ph.D.’s





Arnita A. Jones almost gushed when she told historians about how many new Ph.D.’s she was chatting up at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta who were telling her, “I have four interviews tomorrow,” or “I’ve got three interviews today.”

Just a few years ago, one didn’t hear so many positive reports from job seekers. But if the mood was generally upbeat about the job market, there was also a clear realization that historians don’t have it easy when it comes to finding a job. Jones immediately followed her statement by imploring graduate programs not to increase their enrollments. It’s better to have a glut of positions than a glut of historians, she said.

And for all the talk about an improved job market, it’s clear that it’s not improved for everyone. There was new evidence at the meeting of a mismatch between the areas of expertise of new Ph.D.’s and the available jobs. And there was also new evidence and much discussion about the various tiers of the graduate education and job markets, in which some academics launch great careers and others face huge debts and limited prospects for tenure-track jobs....



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Lisa Kazmier - 1/13/2007

My views on the market aren't nearly as robust. I have been on the market for quite a while, filling in the space with yr long appointments. I have been to at least the past 5 AHA's trying to land a job.

Sure, I had 4 interviews this year, but this doesn't mean squat if nothing comes of them. And there were plenty of other applications that went nowhere.

--2005 PhD who put off gettng the degree as long as possible to avoid government loans

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