Graduate Placement: How What You Need to Know About First-Time Job Market Placements May Be Changing and Why

APSA 2017-2018 Graduate Placement Report, Part One

1. Most candidates placing for the first time on the job market begin their post-graduate careers off the tenure-track (52%), exceeding the number of those who chose tenure-track jobs (26%) or did not place, for the first time ever, in the 2017-2018 academic year.

2. The number of candidates choosing post-doc positions continued its upward trend. Many of these post-docs’ have characteristics indicate that this is a preferred, chosen career path (stay tuned for Part II of this series, “Portrait of the Post-Doc”).

3. Comparative Politics, American Politics, and International Relations scholars continued to dominate the job market, as did the number of positions advertised for new hires in those subfields, continuing their status as the three largest subfields. However, the proportion of candidates in Comparative Politics on the market was double the proportion of open positions listed for Comparativists, indicating the subfield may be oversaturated.

For further exploration of these trends, please see our 2017-18 Graduate Placement Report, accessible on APSA Preprints