Is There a Shortage of Engineering Professors?

<p>If you get a Ph.D in Engineering are you pretty much guaranteed to be able to find a job in the U.S.?</p>

<p>Not really. Nothing is guaranteed. There are a ton of jobs for Ph.D.s besides professors, but still, you need connections to get those jobs a lot of the time. You ought to be able to exploit whatever connections your advisor has (mine can just about guarantee jobs at Sandia or Northrop, for example, plus a few others) but if your advisor isn't that well known, those options may be limited.</p>

<p>There's no shortage of engineering professors. Keep in mind that many Ph.D's from the physical sciences can legitimately get professorships in engineering.</p>

<p>There are no guarantees but with a PhD you are likely going to be able to find a job in the US. What kind of job you will find I cannot say, but you will likely be able to find something.</p>

<p>I remember hearing that the unemployment rate for engineering PhDs is something around 0.6%. Technical specialists will always have a somewhat high demand, but there does seem to be growing competition from foreign students. From what I hear, if you're an American citizen with an engineering PhD and some decent recent experience, you typically have a much better chance at becoming a professor.</p>

<p>There is a serious shortage of native English speaking engineering professors at US colleges.</p>

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<p>And I am banking on that fact, haha.</p>

<p>I wonder if there has always been a shortage of American science/engineering professors at American universities.</p>

<p>It only makes sense that as enrollment of American's in engineering PhD programs declines, the number of foreign student's accepted will rise. Therefore there will be fewer and fewer American engineering professors, unfortunate as it may be.</p>

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<p>While I don't have hard data to back it up, you might imagine that wasn't always the case. WWII and the Cold War drove a lot of American citizens into science and technology careers. As the Cold War died down, more and more of the top minds were attracted to careers that were more lucrative like investment banking, not to mention the end of the Red Scare meant people no longer felt compelled to go help defeat the commies.</p>

<p>Yeah, I think you are right. I would imagine the change began in the 1930s when A. Hitler came to power and many European scientists, especially Jews in Central Europe, saw what was about to come. Prior to the 1930s, those university professors were more than likely Anglo-Saxon.</p>

<p>Here's something Google spat out: The</a> Real Science Gap | Miller-McCune Online</p>