January 16, 2001
Column: The Jungle: What's News in Recruitment and Pay
By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Doctoral students are better prepared to handle exams
and papers than the professional or academic job market,
a new study shows.
More than half of the doctoral students surveyed say they
aren't prepared for the various teaching and
administrative duties that faculty members spend most of
their time doing. "Although no more than half of the
students will become faculty and most of those will not
find jobs at research universities, doctoral programs
continue to train students to be research faculty," says
University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Chris
Golde, who co-conducted the report. The study, set for
release Tuesday, covered 4,114 doctoral students at 27
Many doctoral students studied say they aren't
encouraged to explore nonacademic careers. The report
concludes that the "training doctoral students receive is
not what they want, nor does it prepare them for the jobs
they take." More than 40,000 students earn doctorate
degrees each year from U.S. universities.
Study participants overall are satisfied with their time in
school. Only 3% wouldn't attend graduate school again.
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