Thinking Beyond Academia in Your Job Search

Danny Rogers

Today’s math problem: If twelve physics graduate students are all being trained to take over one professorial position, what happens to the other eleven?



If you can, get your hands on a copy of a recent issue of Physics Today. Flip to the "Job Opportunities" section in the back and do the following experiment. (After all, we are scientists, aren't we?) Count the number of academic positions advertised, and then count the number of positions advertised outside of academia. I did this experiment recently; the score was 23 academic job ads to 9 non-academic ones.

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