Believe It or Not, in Some Fields Colleges Can’t Find Anybody to Hire

Believe It or Not, in Some Fields Colleges Can’t Find Anybody to Hire 1

U. of Wisconsin at Eau Claire

Nursing students talk with their instructor at the U. of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Some nursing programs in the Wisconsin system turned away more than half of their qualified applicants last year because of a lack of instructors.

The academic job market is often considered a buyer’s market. In many disciplines it’s common for colleges to have their pick among hundreds of qualified applicants for an opening. But in some fields the opposite is true, and colleges scramble for months, even years, to fill teaching positions.

People who have earned Ph.D.’s in certain fields, such as health care, can often earn more elsewhere—and they often do opt to work outside of higher education. And in