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The Value of a STEM PhD

Abstract The quality and quantity of talented members of the US STEM workforce has

been a subject of great interest to policy and decision makers for the past 40 years.

Recent research indicates that while there exist specific shortages in specific disciplines

and areas of expertise in the private sector and the federal government, there is no

noticeable shortage in any STEM academic discipline, but rather a surplus of PhDs

vying for increasingly scarce tenure track positions. Despite the seeming availability

of industry and private sector jobs, recent PhDs still struggle to find employment in

those areas. I argue that the decades old narrative suggesting a shortage of STEM

PhDs in the US poses a threat to the value of the natural science Ph... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Garbee, Elizabeth (Author) / Maynard, Andrew D (Advisor) / Wetmore, Jameson (Committee member) / Anderson, Derrick (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Education policy / Science education / education / PhD / policy / STEM / technology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 158 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Science and Technology Policy 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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