The current folklore regarding today's job market for recent physics PhD recipients describes a dichotomy between discouragement and the challenge to be imaginative. Hard statistics are needed to help put into perspective the much publicized but meager anecdotal information about the initial employment of physics doctorate recipients in the 1990s. Such data are available from a battery of annual surveys conducted by the American Institute of Physics.

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Details on these findings can be found in S. D. Ellis, “Physics Manpower 1973: Education and Employment Studies,” pub. R255, AIP, New York (August 1973).
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