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Why are some PhD holders unable to become professors?

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Why do some people get STEM PhDs, want a professorship, and end up not getting it?

Is it only about opportunity and competition, or are there PhD candidates that are just not qualified to be professors (why?)?

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I want to add that many PhDs do not want to become professors. A lot of people do a PhD as the final part of their studies without the intention to work as a professor (or see during the PhD that they do not want to stay in Academia). Some do the PhD studies because of the belief that the title helps in their career.

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The requirements and skills needed to get a PhD are different than the requirements and skills needed to get a job offer.


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Why are some PhD holders unable to become professors?

up vote 14 down vote

Why do some people get STEM PhDs, want a professorship, and end up not getting it?

Is it only about opportunity and competition, or are there PhD candidates that are just not qualified to be professors (why?)?


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I want to add that many PhDs do not want to become professors. A lot of people do a PhD as the final part of their studies without the intention to work as a professor (or see during the PhD that they do not want to stay in Academia). Some do the PhD studies because of the belief that the title helps in their career.

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While true, this doesn't seem to answer the question, which is why PhD holders who want to become professors don't, not why PhD holders in general don't become professors. - Nuclear Wang Mar 21 at 17:20

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