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Oversupply of Ph.D.s in Canada?

spotsnall katzday at tamu.edu
Wed Jan 12 10:22:18 EST 2000

In article <Kux7OBWISsIFE=3c49mD+MFpr4=7 at 4ax.com>, 102742.3221 at compuserve.com 
>On 11 Jan 2000 16:01:26 GMT, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk (Mr. M.J. Lush)
>>IMHO in the UK Ph.D's are a sort cheap labour,  payed less than 
>>a technition and expected to do a PostDoc job.
>Why would someone want to go through the trouble to get a PHd. then?
>Bruce Winningham

We have discussed this here many times.
Briefly,  naive belief that they are preparing for a professional career.
This belief is fostered by faculty who push science in the High School System
and by College Faculty who are insulated from the job market.

People do study for a PhD because they like learning the subject matter and
would do it without regard to economics.

Some get a PhD because of a mistaken belief that it is somehow a professional
degree like DDS, DVM.

Others start grad school because on receiving a BA/BS they could not find
a job.  THen they concluded more education in the same wrong field would
help them.

There are other reasons.  But the above should answer your question.

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