Science: Hard Times for Scientists

Throughout the post-Sputnik era, there was unprecedented demand—and unaccustomed prosperity—for U.S. scientists, engineers and technicians. No longer. As a result of sharp cutbacks in defense spending, reduced allocations for space programs, federal tightfistedness when it comes to basic research, and a faltering national economy, the scientific community is suffering a fullblown recession of its own.

Hardest hit are engineers, scientists and technicians employed in defense and other Government-supported industries. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Labor Department, total joblessness in these areas may run as high as 65,000. Of these,...

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