Just because you are pursuing a Master’s or doctoral degree does not automatically mean that you have to become a professor or ultimately pursue a career in higher education. To help you make a more informed decision or to help you negotiate a better starting salary take a look at the median faculty salaries for 2006-07.
A weak academic job market might encourage you to look beyond the ivory tower. After years of working on your thesis or dissertation you might come to believe that you are “Trained for Nothing”. However, you have aquired some marketable skills:
• Work well independently
• Manage a large project from start to finish
• Outstanding research and analytical skills
• Great professional presentation skills
• Outstanding ability to Multi-task
To find a job, first check with your discipline specific scholarly and professional Associations. Depending on your current finances, it might be worth it to join the association if you are in the process of looking for a job. In addition, below are some links to periodicals that include job listings of interest to scholars in all fields. You can search by state and academic discipline. Some of these links send daily or weekly updates directly to your email if you register with them. Registration is FREE and you can unsubscribe any time you like. I found a job as an adjunct professor using HigherEd Jobs.com.
In addition, be a frequent visitor to the following periodical links, which include job listings of interest to scholars in all fields. (You can search by state and academic discipline.) Some of these links send daily or weekly updates directly to your email if you register with them. Registration is FREE and you can unsubscribe any time you like.
The Chronicle of Higher Education/Career Network
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Inside Higher Education
Nonprofits Professional Advisory Groups
If you are interested in taking the road less traveled by PhDs consider reading Gaberiela Montell’s article on Finding a Non-Academic Job, in Chronicle Careers. She provides a list of Web resources where you might find useful information and job listings on a variety of alternative careers.