SESSION III: Workforce and Career Development in the Physical Sciences
AIP Statistical Research Center
Update on Supply and Demand in Physics
To produce and disseminate ground breaking research is essential for the health of the discipline. Similarly, a strong interest in and an awareness of the importance of physics are critical to attracting the next generation of practitioners in the field. However, an examination of the trends indicates that supply and demand in physics and allied fields are also driven by economic, social and political changes at the national and international levels. This talk will examine the complex interplay among these various trends. The talk provides the latest data on both degree production and the strength of the job market in physics and allied fields. There will be particular emphasis on academic employment which is often viewed as a bellwether for the discipline. The talk will also present historic trends and data on S&E in general in order to provide a context within which to consider the latest physics data.
Roman Czujko is the Director of the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics. He has been a staff member of this unit for twenty-seven years and has directed it for the last 16 years.
During that time he has overseen research on physics education trends from high school through the PhD. He has conducted research, authored articles, and given talks on how scientific careers evolve in physics and allied fields from initial employment through the retirement process.
Roman is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and immediate past president of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology.