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December 20, 2008

Ph.D.s Ditch the Lab??

Last December, an article was published in "", the author of this article made a provactive but truthful topic to his news piece, "PhDs Ditch the Lab?". Almost a year passed since the following figures published,
are there any changes in PostDocs plight or PhDs plight in terms of their jobs. Are there more PhDs graduating?.One of the worst funding for science/research/medical or clinical research was spent by the outgoing anti-science Bush govt, will the new Obama's govt take note of this American Science Tragedy and do the neccessary resucitation efforts to fund the research work?.
Science grad students face grim job market—‘It’s a pyramid scheme’
Published On Thursday, December 13, 2007  2:29 AM 
As Harvard expands its Ph.D. programs in the sciences, graduates seeking jobs in academia face the bleakest employment prospects in decades. Alumni like Donald M. Prather, who left Harvard in 2005 with a Ph.D. in genetics, have been forced to seek jobs with higher pay and better prospects outside the ivory tower. 
“Ten to twenty years ago, I...would have ended up in academics,” says Prather, who instead took a job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But with a family—I already had one kid and another on the way—I couldn’t. Not in the current job market.” 

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