The Job Crunch: Is It Time to Begin Ph.D. Population Control?

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Science  06 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5233, pp. 123-128
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5233.123


Scientists—and some scientific societies, such as the American Chemical Society—are beginning to call for Ph.D. “birth control.” But the establishment—that is, scientists representing the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences—has been resisting these calls, arguing instead that with broader training, Ph.D.s will be able to find rewarding jobs. A sidebar examines the impact of non-U.S. Ph.D.s on the science job market.