Ph.D.'s Spend Big Bucks Hunting for Academic Jobs,With No Guaranteed Results

The Academic Job Hunt's Big Price Tag 1

Kelvin Ma for The Chronicle

Kavita Finn keeps her many rejection letters for university jobs well organized. She holds a Ph.D. from Oxford in English literature and has been looking for a job for four years. She has spent more than $2,000 on her search.

Ph.D.'s are used to shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in the name of education. But earning the top graduate degree doesn't mean their spending has come to an end.

An industry designed to help aspiring academics manage the job-application process and land tenure-track jobs is growing, and reaping the benefits of a tight market in many disciplines.

New Ph.D.'s have long had to set aside money to mail applications and travel to scholarly conferences. But now their