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Winter 2002-03 Vol. 46, Number 4

Beyond supply and demand: Assessing the Ph.D. job market

The paths travelled by Ph.D. students and workers promise challenge and reward in varying degree.


Greg O’Malley got a taste of the job market for Ph.D. graduates when he supervised several of them after earning his bachelor’s degree. "It was incredible to me that they had gone through so many years of rigorous training," says O’Malley of his subordinates at his postbaccalaureate publishing job, "only to be working under someone who’d barely finished his undergrad work."

Still, the experience failed to deter him from pursuing a graduate degree of his own: O’Malley currently is enrolled in his second year of the history Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

This article explores some challenges that Ph.D. candidates face, from earning the degree to seeking employment.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2003