PhD and Advanced Degrees using Food Stamps

Vous pensez qu’en étudiant vous allez avoir un emploi rénumérateur, il semble dans notre économie dysfonctionnelle ça ne soit plus nécessairement le cas.

Remarquez, les PHD, vous avez quand même un sérieux problème, vous coûtez 5 fois trop chers qu’un PHD chinois ou indien.

Enfin …, c’est cela le bonheur de la libéralisation du marché ?Chauve-souris

Et bientôt, nos chers économistes universitaires qui prônaient la mondialisation à outrance vont se faire ‘challenger’ par les cours universitaires par l’entremise du WEB offert parmi les meilleures universités du monde.

Et je suis certain, ils vont être les premiers à monter aux barricades pour dire que ces cours ne soient pas crédités…

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Pas facile la vie …

Food Stamp With Advanced Degree

Source: Graduate Students in food stamp

Extrait de: Number Of PhD Recipients Using Food Stamps Surged During Recession: Report, By Bonnie Kavoussi, The Huffington Post,05/07/2012

In this economy, even having multiple degrees isn't a guarantee against poverty.

The number of PhD recipients on food stamps and other forms of welfare more than tripled between 2007 and 2010 to 33,655, according to an Urban Institute analysis cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The number of master's degree holders on food stamps and other forms of welfare nearly tripled during that same time period to 293,029, according to the same analysis.

The boost in PhD recipients receiving food stamps is just the latest indication of how Americans are struggling in a down economy. Overall, the number of Americans on food stamps rose 43 percent over the past three years to 46.3 million Americans as of February 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture.

In addition, even graduate degrees that many used to consider a guarantee to a life of wealth and success are going down in value. The sluggish economy has pushed graduates with law degrees to look for jobs outside of the legal profession, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The situation is particularly dire for faculty working outside the tenure track as cuts to funding for public colleges have squeezed their salaries. Many adjunct faculty members are likely to be on welfare, since they live on "poverty wages," the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Meanwhile, secure tenure-track jobs are disappearing as adjunct faculty positions become more the norm, according to several news sources. While more than half of all university faculty members were tenured or on the tenure track in 1975, that percentage has plunged to less than a third of all faculty members as of 2007, according to Department of Education data cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education in a separate report.

All of these factors, plus a less-than-stellar job market, have forced many PhDs to work in menial jobs. There are 5,057 janitors with PhDs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by the Houston Chronicle

The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

During that three-year period, the number of people with master's degrees who received food stamps and other aid climbed from 101,682 to 293,029, and the number of people with Ph.D.'s who received assistance rose from 9,776 to 33,655, according to tabulations of microdata done by Austin Nichols, a senior researcher with the Urban Institute. He drew on figures from the 2008 and 2011 Current Population Surveys done by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor. (1)

Where will all the scientists go?

Joaquin Ruiz

Despite a few bright spots, the job market as a whole remains seriously depressed. With far too few tenure-track jobs up for grabs -- and intense competition for those few -- what will happen to the current generation of postdocs? Some -- like Campos and Marlon -- are extending their current positions or finding new ones, hoping to improve their marketability while waiting out the downturn.

Others are seeking -- and apparently finding -- positions abroad. A physics postdoc at Caltech, who asked to remain anonymous, says she doesn't know anyone at Caltech, in any field, who has managed to find a position in the United States, but some are finding employment overseas. "Some of my friends are moving to Europe, and even more to various places in Asia," she says. "Both continents do not have a hiring freeze and are offering extremely good conditions, very little teaching, and a lot of money for research."

But the number of such opportunities is limited. Campos says his worry is that "large numbers of postdocs will leave science altogether because of the difficulty and uncertainty of the career path." Even in good economic times, the academic job market is glutted; the current downturn just makes matters worse, he says. "It is difficult to be a postdoc for very long and continually delay getting a real job when real life starts to set in." (2)