Whether the United States is experiencing a labor shortage is currently being debated.David Leonhardt of the New York Times A persuasive case The problem is not too few workers, but too little wages. His solution to the labor shortage is to pay people more wages and give them better benefits. He believes that expectations of low costs and high corporate profits have artificially depressed prices.
I firmly support Leonhardt here-but even if employee wages start to rise-the reality is that most employers (at least where I live) will not be able to attract enough workers.
While many employers cannot find workers, higher education seems to have too many willing candidates.
Yes, it is indeed an individual unit/center/department/school Risk losing the best personHowever, if a talented worker (especially a non-teacher educator) leaves a particular job, they will do so in order to transfer to another role in higher education.
Over the years, I have been conducting many employee searches. It may be that my institution is a particularly attractive place to work. (Yes, it’s beautiful here). But there are always many applicants in every search.
Whenever I work on the recruitment committee, I am grateful that I did not apply for this job. So many candidates are very smart, experienced, and frankly very good. How can any academic job seeker (even non-teacher job seeker) compete with the army of super-qualified job seekers?
Of course, the imbalance between supply and demand of faculty and staff is even more serious. Getting tenure in many disciplines is like winning Powerball.
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Why are there so few jobs outside of higher education and so few workers doing so many jobs?
Some answers to this question are obvious. Signs of asking for help mostly appear in low-income service jobs. It seems that the higher education job that everyone wants is professional and academic.
Nevertheless, the country is still Epic nursing shortage.
Many people seem to want to work in higher education institutions (although again, retaining the best talent is a challenge)-but few people seem to be so excited about working in the healthcare (except documentation) and technology industries.
Are higher education jobs better than other jobs that pay commensurate wages? (Here, I think of many health care jobs that are not doctors—but plumbers and electricians seem to be doing well on their own).
Is there any reason why people want to work in education? (Ask this question is to answer it).
In an era when career opportunities in other mission-driven industries (news, publishing, etc.) are declining, higher education work is desirable.
Or maybe I am all wrong. There may be so many applicants for every post in higher education because higher education has not created enough job opportunities.
Colleges and universities have been reluctant to create tenure faculty and permanent staff positions at the same time. Cost disease continues to plague, while the number of state yuan and young people continues to decline.
For faculty and staff, the trend of understaffed in higher education has been slowly developing for many years, and few people have noticed it.
We tend to think that our departments/units/projects/centers are understaffed due to local and special reasons. All along, we have not realized that the shortage of manpower in higher education is the result of a combination of long-term structural trends and bad political decisions.
If higher education is committed to staffing sufficient personnel and relies on lifetime tenure, will the supply and demand of higher education work begin to balance?
Why does the nationwide employment shortage seem to be everywhere except for higher education?