The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18th, 2014
The academic job market is often considered a buyer’s market. In many disciplines it’s common for colleges to have their pick among hundreds of qualified applicants for an opening. But in some fields the opposite is true, and colleges scramble for months, even years, to fill teaching positions.
People who have earned Ph.D.’s in certain fields, such as health care, can often earn more elsewhere—and they often do opt to work outside of higher education. And in other fields, like criminal justice, undergraduate demand is growing but the number of Ph.D.’s in the field remains limited.