ERIC Number: ED047614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-2
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The Outlook from the University (The Natural Sciences).
This paper deals with three areas: (1) the future job situation for people with doctoral degrees in the natural sciences; (2) the number of graduate students there should be in the natural sciences; and (3) some steps to improve graduate education in the natural sciences. In the Spring of 1970, persons with M.I.T. doctorates in physics and chemistry had fewer job choices than those with dotorates in the earth sciences, biology, or mathematics. Of the 3 job markets for doctorates in the natural sciences: industry, government, and higher education, only the latter is expected to grow significantly in the next several years, though the demand in the industrial sector may increase with an upsurge of the economy. The hiring rates in the higher education sector will, however, be a good deal lower than they have been. This means that Ph.D.'s are currently produced at a faster rate than they are needed, and this trend will probably have to be reversed. As for improving the quality of the graduate programs, students should be trained to: (1) contribute to the solution of society's problems, (2) take on broader responsibilities in industry, and (3) be effective teachers. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 2, 1970