The degree itself, the academic rigor required and the time spent to complete it all are all part of the reason why people are interested in the field of biological age research.
But it’s also why they can’t find work.
There are just too few Ph.
Ds in the United States.
That’s a big problem.
As the population ages, so too does the need for the nation’s workforce.
For years, there have been growing calls for more researchers and more resources to help meet this need.
Now, that’s in jeopardy.
According to a new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, just 12.7 percent of the nation of nearly 9 million people holds a Ph-D.
That number is down from a peak of 18.2 percent in 2008, but still represents a 15 percent drop in the last 20 years.
In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that about 8 million people had not received a bachelor’s degree in their lifetimes, the most in a decade.
It’s a problem that’s compounded by a shortage of qualified graduates.
“We’re losing the workforce that is producing the science, which is the backbone of the United Sates economy,” said Jennifer R. Kappos, senior vice president for research at the American Statistical Association.
“So the problem is, the demand is very low.”
To fix this problem, researchers are looking to solve two major challenges.
One is that we have a shortage in the biomedical field, which has been a problem for decades.
The other is the shortage of scientists.
This report, published in the Journal of Applied Biology, offers several solutions to the two problems.
A quick glance at the report shows that it offers several ways to address both.
One of the key findings of the report is that the problem isn’t just limited to the biomedical industry.
In addition to the workforce shortages, there are other areas of concern that could affect the entire biomedical field.
The report shows the shortage in terms of funding, but also that the demand for scientists is actually increasing.
“The issue with funding is that there’s no clear picture of where it’s coming from,” said Michael K. Miller, the report’s lead author and an associate professor of bioinformatics at the University of Michigan.
Miller is one of the authors of the paper, which was co-authored by Kappas and Rana Elshikari, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Miller said the lack of funding for biomedical research is not just an academic problem.
The problem extends beyond academic research.
For example, Miller said, there is an oversupply of scientists for other areas like the law and medicine, but no shortage of people who can do the work.
“That is a problem with the law that the law school system can’t solve,” Miller said.
In fact, the problem extends far beyond the legal realm.
The authors suggest that the shortage could be worse than previously thought.
“Our results indicate that the shortfall in the number of biological biologists could be larger than previously imagined,” they wrote.
The paper, “How to Find a Job in Biology,” was coauthored by Michael Miller, a research associate at Johns Wayne State University; Jennifer Kappons, an associate at the College of the Holy Cross; and R. Thomas Raimondi, an adjunct professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Rutgers University.
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health Office of Biological Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
This article originally appeared on the Institute for Science in the Public Interest.
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