Adjuncts on Welfare?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by rmm0484, May 7, 2012.

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  1. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Hmm ... doesn't a holding a doctorate seem to make one just a bit overqualified for high school teaching?
     
  2. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    Most go into the program to continue their education, higher pay, or move into administration.
     
  3. OutsideTheBox

    OutsideTheBox New Member

    Couldn't she get a license and be self-employed as a therapist in most states, there is no reason to settle if there are options like that and if she cannot become licensed with a masters degree it would be odd.
     
  4. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Before you can become licensed and act as an independent therapist, you have to do a minimum number of clinical hours supervised by someone who is already licensed (in addition to passing the state licensure exam). Massachusetts requires a minimum of 2,000 hours, not sure about other states.
     
  5. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

    Florida is a great place to live right now. The unemployment rate for college educated, white collar workers is fine. The house prices are insanely low, there is no state income tax, and we have a 50k housing tax exemption. So you can basically live as tax free as possible in this country here in Florida. Do the math based on real numbers and its a great place to live. You can buy a nice house for $150k right now that cost $300k 5 years ago.
     
  6. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    I have actually been thinking a lot about moving down to florida (particularly Miami Beach). I fly through that airport a lot when I fly international (mostly to Latin America). The prices for condos were ridiculously low, and the girls were ridiculously hot. Just the place for a single guy. :biggrin:
     
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    That's not much comfort to my former classmate who is waiting tables in Florida with her B.A. and M.A. and can't get a job related to her degree. House prices in Florida are definitely low compared to other areas of the country, but the unemployment rate is higher than most states;

    Local Area Unemployment Statistics Home Page

    In addition, Florida wages are low compared to other areas of the country; a friend of mine who is a sergeant on a sheriff's department in Florida makes a bit over half of what I make in base pay as a police patrolman in Massachusetts. Of course, cost of living in MA is higher than in FL, but it all equals out, and even the rotten state of Massachusetts (which I can't wait to flee as soon as I retire) has 6% unemployment vs. Florida's 9% rate.
     
  8. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

    Bruce, the labor market is like the housing market. Some professions have close to zero unemployment while others do not. Take commercial real estate for example. That is a bad one in Florida and so is construction. Information technology, however, is a great labor market to be in here in FL. It takes us months to find candidates for our open positions and when we do find a good candidate, they tell us they accepted a job at a higher rate of pay.
    I don't know what her economy is like, but for mine, my family's, my coworkers and my friends, there is no recession and house prices are super low in FL.
     
  9. jam937

    jam937 New Member

    What's her degree?
     
  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Undergrad is a dual major, Psychology & Justice Studies, graduate is a 60-credit Forensic & Counseling Psychology degree.
     
  11. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    A colleage of mine recently moved from NJ to Florida for a "promotion." However, her pay won't change at all. She initially wasn't going to take it because there was no increase in pay, but after I told her what I paid in Florida for income and property taxes, she jumped at it.

    OTOH, the employment picture is the reason my wife and I left Florida for NJ. Taxes are eating us alive, but better than not working at all.
     
  12. jam937

    jam937 New Member

    I don't think there is a great demand for those degrees as she has found out. She might be better off getting another Bachelors in science, engineering or math instead of a PhD in Psychology. It would be quicker and cheaper.
     
  13. jam937

    jam937 New Member

    NJ has highest state/local tax burden in the country, higher then CA and NY
    http://www.taxfoundation.org/UserFiles/Image/sl_burdens_map-20110223-1.jpg
     
  14. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    The market is great here in MA....everyone from my class with the exception of her is either working in the field, or in the Psy.D. program, but then again, everyone else stayed in MA.
     

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