The academic job market is showing signs of recovery in the wake of the recent recession. But improvements are uneven across fields and within them.
Following is a collection of the latest job-market reports issued by major scholarly associations, accompanied by background articles from The Chronicle. These listings are not intended to be comprehensive, and do not include all disciplines.
Economics (Last updated: 12/11/2013)
The number of new academic job openings listed with the association fell 6.6 percent in 2013. However, the number of nonacademic jobs rose slightly. Consult a jobs database for economists here.
The Modern Language Association said the drop reversed a rebound in job advertisements over the previous two years. Read the MLA's report here.
Job openings for new Ph.D.'s last year edged past the number of positions available just before the recession hit, the American Sociological Association said. Read the association's latest job-market report here.
The number of academic jobs posted with the American Political Science Association fell in 2012-13 from the year before, but the totals remained well above the recent low mark, in 2009-10. Read the report here.
New Ph.D.'s in the field still hope for an academic career, but the prospects "remain cloudy," says a report by the American Historical Association. Read the report here.