I was recently invited to be a guest blogger over at Macroscope, the official blog for American Scientist Magazine. Below is an excerpt from my post about the evolving role of scientists in the 21st Century. You can read the full post by clicking here. Read more “The Evolution of the 21st-Century Scientist”
During a recent campaign event in South Carolina, Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush took a shot at psychology majors, suggesting most will not go on to find good jobs after graduating.
“Universities ought to have skin in the game,” the former Florida governor said at a South Carolina town hall with Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy. “When a student shows up, they ought to say ‘Hey, that psych major deal, that philosophy major thing, that’s great, it’s important to have liberal arts … but realize, you’re going to be working a Chick-fil-A.'”
Not surprisingly, Bush’s remarks were widely condemned by those in the psychological community. And many took to social media using the hashtag #thispsychmajor to showcase their professional accomplishments and to discuss the importance of psychology to everyday life.
In my last post, I tried to better understand the employment prospects for PhD recipients in psychology by taking a look at 20 years’ worth of data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Survey of Doctorate Recipients. What I found should be concerning to professional psychologists and students of psychology alike.
Although the NSF data show that very few psychologists are actually unemployed (<2%), fewer PhD recipients are employed full-time in psychology than in any other field of science. Moreover, the gap in full-time employment between psychology and other sciences has more than quadrupled in the past 20 years. As of 2013, only 73% of PhD recipients in psychology were employed full-time, whereas 26% were employed primarily part-time. In contrast, 85% of PhD recipients in psychology were employed full-time in 1993, and only 13% were employed primarily part-time.
So it seems psychology in the midst of an employment slump. Or is it?
This is part 1 of a 2 part series focusing on employment outcomes for PhD recipients in psychology. Click here to read part 2.
The field of psychology has been on the receiving end of a lot of negative press lately.
Earlier this year it was revealed that, during the years following 9/11, the American Psychological Association (APA) colluded with officials from the Defense Department and the CIA to facilitate the torture of detainees.
Then just last month, a new report was published suggesting most psychological research cannot be replicated.