There’s been lots of shenanigans on the Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill recently. The comments on the revisions are beginning to sound like an existentialist debate. The curfuffle of the moment is whether or not there should be a section for non-academic jobs; the section has been appearing, disappearing, and modified all evening. After attending (parts of) the panel discussion on Employment in Astronomy: Present and Future [PDF] at the AAS in DC (organized by Anil Seth), I think this issue is worthy of more attention. The take home message I got from that session was that there will always be overproduction of both grad students and postdocs and we just need to accept it and learn how to deal with it. So, without further ado, I give you AstroBetter’s first poll (please excuse the non-pretty-ness). And, of course, let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.
Do you think there should be a Non-Academic section on the Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill?
- Yes (59%, 155 Votes)
- No (29%, 76 Votes)
- Don't Care (12%, 32 Votes)
Total Voters: 263