Where do physicists go?



The number of employment opportunities for graduates in physics has been increasing after a bleak decade. Presumably, the overall job market is feeling the shortage of technical personnel especially in geophysics and the earth sciences, on account of burgeoning requirements of the search for energy. Part of the increase in opportunities for employment in physics is due to a 9-year decline in the number of doctoral graduates. This trend can be seen in Figures 1 and 2 for physics docorate and masters recipients. There is a clearcut improvement in the job market at both levels.