The academic job market is gruesome, according to the New York Times.
but this year the new crop of Ph.D. candidates is finding the prospects
worse than ever. Public universities are bracing for severe cuts as
state legislatures grapple with yawning deficits. At the same time,
even the wealthiest private colleges have seen their endowments sink
and donations slacken since the financial crisis. So a chill has set in
at many higher education institutions, where partial or full-fledge
hiring freezes have been imposed. [Can you say mixed metaphors?]
Well, I could have told you that. There were no jobs in my field in Northern NJ or NYC this year. Thomas Benton adds,
“It’s hard to tell young people that universities recognize that
their idealism and energy — and lack of information — are an
exploitable resource,” he wrote in a recent column. “If you cannot find
a tenure-track position, your university will no longer court you; it
will pretend you do not exist and will act as if your unemployability
is entirely your fault.”
On the other hand, it's gruesome out there for everyone. I'm not sure what occupations are hiring right now.
UPDATE: More commentary at Duck of Minerva.