Should You Go to Graduate School?
The Village Voice, April 27, 2004.
A recent astronomy PhD's perspective.
"This article explores this fourth possible explanation for the dearth of women in science: They found better jobs."
CNN, August 15, 2005. "Most of us work hard for a living. And if we're lucky, we're well
compensated for the effort. But there are some jobs you should take only if you really love the
work because the investment you make to get the job and the hours you keep aren't necessarily
commensurate with what you earn."
"Why am I (a tenured professor of physics) trying to discourage you from following a career
path which was successful for me? Because times have changed (I received my Ph.D. in 1973, and
tenure in 1976). American science no longer offers a reasonable career path. If you go to
graduate school in science it is in the expectation of spending your working life doing
scientific research, using your ingenuity and curiosity to solve important and interesting
problems. You will almost certainly be disappointed, probably when it is too late to choose
"Short answer: no. Long answer: maybe, but..."
Choosing Among Professional and Graduate Schools. By Neale Baxter, managing editor, OOQ.
"Grad school doesn't always pay. Here's how to tell if it makes sense for you." CNN, February 26, 2002.