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It should be pointed out how badly misleading that IHE graph is. While it may be that there 700+ philosophy faculty jobs *of some sort* posted in 2015-16, a quick search of expired ads at PhilJobs for that year shows that there were only around 215 junior faculty, "tenure-track or similar" jobs posted that year... and even that is misleading because many of those were actually open rank (which typically means a new-ish PhD cannot seriously compete for those). And I'd predict that the coming years will have only 50-100 such jobs posted each year, if that.

So, sad as it is, my advice would be for new grad students to develop side skills like programming or something else very practical, so that by the time they've finished coursework, they can leave with an MA for a career outside academia, if they want. Doing something like that may be the only way to find long-term employment in the near future...


This year seems extremely hard for international students. I am supposed to start my phd program this fall, but I couldn't get my visa due to the pandemic (and some political reasons). I can't stop thinking that I might not be able to pursue a doctoral degree in the u.s. It is depressing me.

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