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"Tenured -- or tenure-track -- computer science professors are so cutting-edge their work is DECADES ahead of not just the classroom, but also the industry."
Lol. It depends.
I don't know a large number of graduate students, so my info is anecdotal, but all of the young people I know that are pursuing PhD's in humanities or arts majors are doing so because they couldn't get decent paid work out of college.
The job market is plenty welcoming but likely not in Seattle or SF or NY or Austin...Bad, bad, bad idea. Bite the bullet kid. Move to Tampa or St. Louis or Springfield MA and get launched.
Study on your own for the love of the subject.
That's astonishing. I know that humanities jobs specified tenured are hard to find but I didn't know it was for this reason. I ended up leaving my social science major for that reason. Choosing instead to buckle down on my biology major.
Cyranoski, Gilbert, Ledford, Nayar, Yahia in Nature wrote:
In 1973, 55% of US doctorates in the biological sciences secured tenure-track positions within six years of completing their PhDs, and only 2% were in a postdoc or other untenured academic position. By 2006, only 15% were in tenured positions six years after graduating, with 18% untenured (see 'What shall we do about all the PhDs?').