“We Need More Scientists!”

Roosh tweeted this WaPo story earlier today.  I found this out as truth when I was looking for a job 4 years ago.  It’s not that there are too many Scientists, but there are too many fucking PhDs!  I’m not going to rant about it, so go read the story and be amazed that the “S” in STEM isn’t the golden meal-ticket you might think it is.

This following quote from the story illustrates Point 7 (and Point 1, by connection) of my “Grad School is a Crock” post (emphasis is mine):

The lack of permanent jobs leaves many PhD scientists doing routine laboratory work in low-wage positions known as “post-docs,” or postdoctoral fellowships. Post-docs used to last a year or two, but now it’s not unusual to find scientists toiling away for six, seven, even 10 years.

So assuming you graduate College on time in four years, you will be 22.  Also assume you get into a PhD Grad program that’s 5 years long, and you graduate on time (and your advisor doesn’t hold you back), you will be 27.  Now including the time frame for a post-doc from the quote above, you will be entering the workforce (with no experience) when you are 32-37 years old.

So you end up being over-educated, over-specialized and most likely under-employed, just so you can append PhD to your name and be called “Doctor.”

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again:

DON’T GO TO GRAD SCHOOL IN THE SCIENCES, IT’S A RACKET THAT NEEDS TO BE SMASHED!

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