This article should be read and discussed by everyone connected with computer science education. The data collected by the authors has been needed for some time. In view of the employment problem for new P.D.'s in other scientific fields, we certainly need data on the past and present employment pattern of computer science Ph.D.'s so we can better plan for the future. Though the authors have limited the study to Ph.D.-producing departments, the results are valuable and interesting. One area where more data would be very helpful is to learn the needs and requirements from non-Ph.D.-producing colleges and universities. It has been noted informally for several years that this will be one of the biggest markets for new Ph.D.'s. The authors also are aware of this from remarks they make, so possibly they will include such data in their follow-up studies.
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