For Ph.D.s, a Tandem Job Search Is Increasingly the Norm

Academics still talk about “the job market” in the singular, as though only one exists. They mean, of course, the faculty job market. But there are many different labor markets, and increasingly, Ph.D.s are conducting what we call a “tandem search” — that is, simultaneously pursuing openings in academe and industry.

As experts on graduate career counseling, we have some advice for job candidates and their advisers on how to manage a dual search. We’re going to refer to these markets in singular terms, too: By “academe” we mean tenure-track faculty positions, visiting professorships, and postdoctoral research posts. By “industry,” we mean full-time jobs in companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and everything in between.

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