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Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs?

Erykah St.Louis

Our country needs more people with science, math and engineering degrees — at least, that's the common refrain among politicians and educators.

American students lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to math and science test scores, and the president and others have called for a change in immigration laws that would make it easier for people who come to the U.S. to get technical degrees to stay in the country permanently.

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  • Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer

    I remember that awful story last year about the Ph.D.'s who were on food stamps. And in my own personal circle, only about half the folks I know who graduated with one are actually teaching at a college or university. That reflects what this article says: "Jordan Weissmann, an editor at The Atlantic, analyzed the latest NSF figures. Upon graduation, he says, 'Ph.D.s in general have a less than 50 percent chance of having a full-time job, and that percentage has been decreasing for about 20 years.'"