When, and why, the US and Canadian ecology faculty job market first got so competitive

Continuing to resurface old posts that will give current ecology faculty job seekers in the US and Canada some data and context for the current job market. Today: by some important measures, the US and Canadian ecology faculty job market has been about as competitive as it currently is since the early 1980s. Yes, really.

So, job seekers: don’t assume that that current ecology faculty have no idea what it’s like out there for you! Almost all current US and Canadian ecology faculty experienced a very competitive job market themselves back when they were looking for their first faculty jobs. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll give you good job seeking advice, or advice you’ll perceive as good (which isn’t the same thing…). But it does mean that, if they do give you bad advice, or advice you perceive as bad (which isn’t the same thing…), it’s almost certainly not because they lack personal experience with a competitive job market.

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