Dear Young Particle Physicists, There Are No Jobs For You

The numbers make the problem clear. In 2007, the year before CERN first powered up the LHC, the lab produced 142 masters and Ph.D. theses, according to the labs document server. Last year it produced 327. Fermilab chipped in 54. The two largest particle detectors fed by the LHC, the A Toroidal LHC Apparatus ATLAS and the Compact Muon Solenoid CMS—which both independently spotted the Higgs—boast teams of 3000 and 2700 physicists. By themselves, the CMS and ATLAS teams minted at least 174 Ph.D.s last year. That abundance seems unlikely to vanish anytime soon, as last year ATLAS had 1000 grad students and CMS had 900.

After the LHC, the Deluge