More Ph.D.s needing food stamps
Graduate degree holders took more public assistance between 2007 and 2010, but still were fewer than 1% of the total.
When students pursue a graduate degree to make a little extra money, just about none of them expect that added cash to come from food stamps.
Between 2007 and 2010, the number of people with master's degrees and doctorates who have had to apply for food stamps, unemployment or other assistance more than tripled, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Census data released in March 2011 indicates that while 22 million Americans held master's degrees or higher in 2010, about 360,000 were receiving public assistance.
By those numbers, graduates with doctorates fared only slightly better than those holding master's degrees. While more than 293,000 master's recipients needed public assistance in 2010, up from 102,000 in 2007, nearly 34,000 doctorate recipients used food stamps and other assistance programs. That's a sizable increase from the 9,800 doctorate holders who needed support back in 2007, but these numbers in a vacuum don't tell the complete story.
For example, Census numbers don't indicate what fields of study those degrees covered, which would make it a lot easier to identify low-demand job segments. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics sees increasing demand for registered nurses, for example, Ph.D.s looking to become judges aren't nearly as coveted.
Also, while the folks at OnlineColleges pointed out that 5,000 doctorate recipients worked as janitors in 2010 while 21% of graduates holding a bachelor's degree or better worked as customer service representatives that year, they failed to mention when students attained those degrees or if those jobs were their primary means of employment. In either equation, both masters and doctorate recipients are far better off in the job market than those with some college experience or none at all.
Students with associate degrees, for example, are faced with a slew of careers experiencing declines in job numbers. Want to be an aerospace technician, air traffic controller or forest and conservation technician? Good luck with that. High school grads, meanwhile, are looking at a work environment where dozens of jobs with entry-level or mid-level pay are evaporating.
As OnlineColleges points out, one in six Americans received food stamps in 2011. That's about 52.5 million people, which means even if every graduate degree holder on public assistance was on food stamps, they'd be less than 1% of the total.
The recession proved that degrees aren't necessarily a guarantee of future employment. That said, they don't seem to hurt a recipient's odds, either.
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First to Marc. Just what type of engineering is your speciality? The current unemployment rate for STEM is 2.5%. If you have a doctorate in engineering and cannot find a job, you have something wrong with you. Were you in prison, filed bankruptsy or just what? If you have any experience in mining, you can check with the mining companies in Nevada. There are 3 mines opening not far from Ely. Two outside Eureka and one north of McGill. Even with a construction or mechanical experience you should be able to get a job as an engineer. There is no reason for you to be working as a cashier in a casino unless you will not move from Vegas. It does no good to get a PhD in a field where there is no work and no future. Before spending the time and money, you had better look at the job market.
Bet,more than 75% of Chicago govt workers, who actually do nothing are HS grads, tops.
But they get union pay which puts them way above the private sector with guaranteed raises.
Phds on food stamps. Wow! I bet the ****s voted for Obozo anyway.
And most of us know:
BS = ****
MS = More ****
Phd = Piled High and Deep.
It looks like one form of inflation is rearing its ugly head - educational inflation. Look at all the intellectuals pumping coffee at Starbucks. It reminds me of the song from Annie, We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover. It doesn't just apply to Bush or Obama; it applies to all of our political "leaders."
We'd like to thank you: Herber Hoover
For really showing us the way
We'd like to thank you: Herbert Hoover
You made us what we are today
Prosperity was 'round the corner
The cozy cottage built for two
In this blue heaven
We're turning blue!
They offered us Al Smith and Hoover
We paid attention and we chose
Not only did we pay attention
We paid through the nose.
In ev'ry pot he said "a chicken"
But Herbert Hoover he forgot
Not only don't we have the chicken
We ain't got the pot!
You left behind a greatful nation
So, Herb, our hats are off to you
We're up to here with admiration
Come down and have a little stew
Come down and share some Christmas dinner
Be sure to bring the missus too
We got no turkey for our stuffing
We'd like to thank you, Herbert Hoover
For really showing us the way
You dirty rat, you Bureaucrat, you
Made us what we are today
Come and get it, Herb!
I feel that higher education is always beneficial. However, if possible I wish more students would consider perhaps working and going to school at the same time. It is always easier to find a job when you already have one.
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