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Grad school question

  1. Jan 9, 2014 #1
    I was thinking about going to grad school to study philosophy of physics and math, and logic and paradoxes.
    I was googling around to try and find a school, Columbia has something like it,
    If I get a Masters or doctorate in this field, would it be hard to get a teaching position at a university? Or should I do something more applied.
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  3. Jan 10, 2014 #2

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    The field would be work in philosophy.
    Note: it is hard to get a teaching position at a University - period.
    A minimum standard to have a reasonable hope would be a PhD.
  4. Jan 10, 2014 #3


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    https://www.physicsforums.com/blog.php?b=4536 [Broken]

    ... and people thought getting a job in physics is difficult!

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  5. Jan 10, 2014 #4

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    The fact that you have identified exactly one program will give you some ideas of how competitive the job market will be.
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    Something that's really helped me in my academic career has been to imagine the following scenario...

    You are given the task of raising the money to fund your research. You have a large amount of time - say one year, but the only way you can raise the monye is by randomly approaching people on the street, explaining whatever you want about the research in two minutes or less and asking for a donation.

    As you can imagine, this will be more easy to do for some subjects than others.

    Some problems may be so abstract that the only way you can get any money at all for them is to lump them together and sell them as "the value to solutions of abstract problems" but then, you have to split your pot with everyone else who is working on a related abstract problem.

    While this metaphor has it's limitations I think it gives you a good idea of how easy it is to get a job doing academic work of any kind.
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