Otunga wrote:iamgeorgebush wrote:A. Nony Mouse wrote:1) the logistics manager person you envision probably isn't here to give advice. This is a board full of prelaw students, law students, and lawyers, after all. There are obviously some non-law people here and law people know non-law people, but I don't think this is your best bet for career advice.
2) do not get a PhD and try to get a job teaching college sociology.
+1 on both counts. Especially number 2...the job market for PhDs is as bad as job market for lawyers.
The job market for professors is arguably much, much worse, particularly for humanities degrees. I almost attended graduate school in philosophy, and while I didn't get into a PhD program, even if I did and it was one at a top 10 program (ranking is essentially arbitrary though, as philosophy grad admissions and job hiring are both very idiosyncratic), my chances at a desirable tenure-track professor job were still probably about 25%. It appears most people end up in post-docs and work as adjuncts.
That said, PhDs are generally free and it's the opportunity cost you have to take into account. That, and it becomes damn near impossible to appeal to non-academic employers since you've invested yourself into such an esoteric discipline.
I know someone at a top 10 philosophy PhD program, and he said about half the people from his program get tenure-track positions. One his backup plans is to take a year to teach himself how to code and become a software engineer, which is supposedly possible for philosophy PhDs. The other backup plan is law school, of course.