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They may balance out as far as current earnings (though
the numbers of technical writers with non-technical degrees
who switched might argue against that) but the higher initial
salary means the non-techs would have to end up earning
*more* to achieve lifetime balance. A college friend of
mine went on to earn her PhD, and on the first day of the
doctoral program, the advisor told all present that if they
were pursuing a doctorate because they thought they'd
make more money they should drop out now and get jobs,
because the added income for a PhD would never make
up for the years of lost income getting it.
And yes, the pay for engineering instructors traditionally
is just as bad as for the humanities. Most of my
engineering instructors in college were either there
teaching after having retired from careers in industry
or because the job came with free use of college lab
and other facilities for consulting work that brought in
more money than they made teaching.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
>There's a lot of validity to what you are saying. I was thinking
>specifically of a recent Italian survey. It demonstrated that while
>science and engineering graduates do earn more right out of university,
>a few years down the road, salaries balance out. I would suppose that
>the lower salaries of teachers of humanities would be balanced out by
>the lower salaries of those teaching engineering and science.
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