Job Market Looks Brighter for Some Ph.D.'s

Many disciplines aren't celebrating yet, however

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Matthew Ryan Williams for The Chronicle

The Modern Language Association recently projected that about 2,400 jobs in English and foreign-language instruction would be advertised with the group this academic year. The trend is up—good news for candidates who interviewed for jobs at the MLA's 2012 annual meeting (above)—but "the overall number of positions is still near the historic low," says Rosemary Feal, the group's executive director.

The academic job market, by some measures, is showing signs of turning around after a multiyear slump.

Job-outlook data released by professional associations in recent months show an uptick in the number of jobs available in several fields, including history, the humanities and foreign languages, sociology, geography, and political science.

Yet some observers of the academic job market aren't quite celebrating what sounds like good news.

That's because the increases in