VI.10 U.S. Job Market: Where are the Academic Jobs?

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Angela Zoss

Katy Börner

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.8% in September 2009 from 9.7% in August 2009. Academia, industry, and government were all affected. Many universities cut staff lines, reduced salaries by up to 20%, or implemented hiring freezes. Students that graduate this year or postdocs that are interested in moving on will face fierce competition for few jobs. Understanding the job market is an essential element of both informed career choices and science policy making. This map by information scientists Angela M. Zoss and Katy Börner aims to capture general trends over time together with specific jobs currently available. The timelines show both negative indicators (in red), those that decline when the nation is healthy, and positive indicators (in green), those that improve. The left map shows jobs based on geographic location, while the right map gives job information based on scientific discipline. The online version supports panning and zooming, with area labeling adjusted to different zoom levels for both maps. When users select a geographic location or science area, a list of relevant jobs is shown. Clicking on a job title brings up detailed information about how to apply for the job. To explore the landscape of jobs in science and technology, visit


Zoss, Angela, Michael D. Conover, and Katy Börner. 2010. “Where Are the Academic Jobs? Interactive Exploration of Job Advertisements in Geospatial and Topical Space.” In Advances in Social Computing: Third International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction, edited by Sun-Ki Chai, John Salerno, and Patricia L. Mabry, 238-247. Bethesda, MD: Springer.

Zoss, Angela and Katy Börner. 2010. U.S. Job Market: Where are the Academic Jobs? Courtesy of Indiana University. In “6th Iteration (2009): Science Maps for Scholars,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Elisha F. Hardy.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.