UAH Physics Department Chair: High salaries for new physics bachelors cause difficulties in recruiting for graduate school

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Real Time Economics” blog, in a post titled “Key Reason for Wage Inequality is Education“:

Gary Zank, the head of the physics department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says there’s so much demand for promising graduate students in the sciences that university officials have trouble getting them to enroll in Ph.D. programs instead of first taking a $60,000 to $70,000 job in industry — even when scholarships are offered.

Of course, the starting salary issue impacts the recruiting of high school physics teachers as well.  Even Georgia’s new differential pay program may be just a start.

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