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Old 05-16-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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Hi, I'm new to this forum and hoping to get a little information on the job market in Southern California. I will be finishing my PhD in linguistics next year and looking for a compatible job in speech related technology or otherwise.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Irvine, CA to Keller, TX
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Hi, I'm new to this forum and hoping to get a little information on the job market in Southern California. I will be finishing my PhD in linguistics next year and looking for a compatible job in speech related technology or otherwise.
Overall job outlook not good, yours.....?
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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Overall job outlook not good, yours.....?
Not really sure, haven't had to look for a job in a while and outside the jobs related to my studies, only in the service industry which are generally plentiful. Fortunately, I have about a year for the search and am not too specialized.
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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They just had an article about that in the Register newspaper today. Unemployment rate is 4.4% but the county has lost I think about 15,000 jobs in the past year.
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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With a PhD in linguistics, if you want to make good money (vs. being directly involved in linguistics) your best bet would be to get some additional training in "XML schema semantics" and work for one of the defense companies in Southern California. The DoD is in a major transformation to XML based net centric comms.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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With a PhD in linguistics, if you want to make good money (vs. being directly involved in linguistics) your best bet would be to get some additional training in "XML schema semantics" and work for one of the defense companies in Southern California. The DoD is in a major transformation to XML based net centric comms.
Thanks for the heads up on that. Yeah, I want to work in technology of some sort, doesn't necessarily have to be directly involved in linguistics, just something at a higher level in the intellectually challenging/beneficial arena. I've been expecting that I would need some additional training to expand my skill set and enhance my degree.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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They just had an article about that in the Register newspaper today. Unemployment rate is 4.4% but the county has lost I think about 15,000 jobs in the past year.
Thanks. Appears to be about the same as where I live, but the opportunities here are much less for someone with my level of education I think, maybe only a couple of companies.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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I am in the accounting profession and stay in touch with the accounting/finance job markets. I am considering moving out of OC because of high cost of living and other job markets doing much better. From what I've seen, similar jobs pay similar wages compared to OC and Texas even though OC is 300% more expensive than Texas. The Dallas accounting job market has a lot more accounting jobs even though Dallas only has half the population (LA/OC = 12 million pop, dallas/forth worth = 6million pop).

For example:
friday (may 16th) on craiglist's job posting in accounting/finance
OC: 9
Dallas: 76

Similar patterns show up on simplyhired.com's search engine. Searching 50mi of dallas texas gives you 201 jobs with the title of staff accountant (out of 85k jobs postings found). The same search done for Orange county only gives you 164 staff accountant jobs (out of 87k job postings).

These are very general patterns but I think they hold a lot of weight, at least for me.

I think the bottom line is that if you have skills that are in demand, you will be employed in a good job. Otherwise you may find yourself working at dead end jobs for a while.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Hi, I'm new to this forum and hoping to get a little information on the job market in Southern California. I will be finishing my PhD in linguistics next year and looking for a compatible job in speech related technology or otherwise.
What are your peers doing? Where did they find jobs? A doctorate is such a huge commitment, there must have been some expectations or vision. (Not sarcastically), what were you thinking? What did you envision you'd be doing when you began your doctorate?
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:06 PM
 
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What are your peers doing? Where did they find jobs? A doctorate is such a huge commitment, there must have been some expectations or vision. (Not sarcastically), what were you thinking? What did you envision you'd be doing when you began your doctorate?
Most of my peers do one of two things: academia or technology. One person I know who only got an MA went into aerospace technology and others with PhDs have gone into computational technology fields. My own vision was to go into a technology related field rather than academia. Linguistics is a very broad area of study and many of us do incorporate programming and other computational components to enhance our skill sets regardless of focus.
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