Career holding pattern

Carl Zimmer in the NY Times:

In 1973, more than half of biologists had a tenure-track job within six years of getting a Ph.D. By 2006 the figure was down to 15 percent.

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2 responses to “Career holding pattern

  1. There more industry opportunities for Biologists now…. and many do not wish tenure track posisitions in the first place.

    • There certainly are, and more biologists are interested in them.

      There are some really great industry jobs out there, but a remarkable number industry jobs I’ve seen people take suck, in terms of pay level, and in terms of what you do on – they don’t seem worth the opportunity costs of a PhD and postdoc.

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