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Unemployment Low For Ph.D. Scientists

Jobs: Physical scientists face greatest challenge

by Andrea Widener
September 22, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 38

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Doctoral-level scientists continue to fare well with an unemployment rate of 2.1%, far below the national average of 6.3% in 2013. However, physical scientists—including chemists, physicists, and geologists—continue to have the highest unemployment rate among science, engineering, and health grads with a Ph.D., at 2.7%, reports the National Science Foundation.

The falling number of academic jobs and difficulty in finding other work in physical science fields could be explanations for this situation, says NSF’s Daniel J. Foley.

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anon. (September 22, 2014 1:18 PM)
So four to six additional years of scientific training (after four years of college) results in just a 3.6% better chance at having a job than the general population's...with the average educational attainment being less than a four-year degree.

"Diminishing returns" comes to mind.

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