The internet is flooded with bleak news for academics. Tenure track jobs are dwindling at an astonishing rate, and the road to these positions is paved with a シリーズ of post-doc positions. If you are lucky to get one. All in all there is a large highly skilled workforce chronically terrified of being unemployed.
The Royal 社会 を発表しました。 報告 in 2010 showing the following graphic, which very clearly illustrates the flow of professionals from academia to other sectors. Less than 1% of those graduating with a PhD actually become professors.
Where does the talent go? The overwhelming majority pursue careers outside サイエンス and a portion continues on in private sector based research. At first glance, there isn’t really any problem with this: PhD educated professionals gain many transferable skills from their time in graduate school and make desirable hires. Having said that; there is a certain loss of knowledge that accompanies this shift in career focus.
Why are not more scientists employed in private sector research? Many R&D groups in the private sector consist of a core team of researchers. At times, projects cannot be pursued because the core team either does not have the expertise or the manpower to complete the work. At this time, companies may decide not to pursue a line of enquiry, or they may have to outsource, or find partners in academia. Either option is not straightforward because the success of this relies on a variety of factors. Knowing the right individuals to take on the work is the main stumbling block. Classically, researchers get to know potential collaborators through literature, conference visits, and their existing network. This is no different in industry. This プロセス is slow (it takes time to build up a network, and then identify the right match for any particular プロジェクト), and there is no established alternative in place. Especially when it comes to the large group of PhDs who have moved on to alternate careers the connection to academia and the research industry tends to be completely lost, while many of these would still be willing to lend their expertise.
多くの企業では、プロジェクトに対する専門家のアドバイスや、実験の外部委託などのニーズがあると考えています。いくつかのサービスを提供している企業もありますが（例：ゲノムシーケンス）、現在のところは すべての専門知識が集約された市場 is available under one platform. Redirecting some of the experts currently working in alternate careers back to their scientific roots would preserve the knowledge, benefit the progress of science, and provide a flexible workforce in a highly dynamic job マーケット.