The Country’s #2 Job…
…is not occupied by Dick Cheney. Actually, I mean the second best job in the country, which according to cnn.com is “College Professor.” Here’s what CNN had to say:
Why it’s great: While competition for tenure-track jobs will always be stiff, enrollment is rising in professional programs, community colleges and technical schools — which means higher demand for faculty.
It’s easier to break in at this level, and often you can teach with a master’s and professional experience. Demand is especially strong in fields that compete with the private sector (health science and business, for example).
The category includes moonlighting adjuncts, graduate TAs and college administrators.
While I’m pleased to see my chosen profession ranked so well, I think the CNN folks focused their research on the science end of the profession. The situation for the humanities seems a less highly paid and a lot harder to get into then for “health sciences and business.”
I would also note that “moonlighting adjuncts and graduate TAs” are the most exploited people in our industry; they work long hours with heavy teaching loads for little pay, often no health insurance, and sometimes no library access. Saying those folks have the “#2 job in America” is misleading.