OK, especially at this time of year, there is a lot of hand wringing about acceptance rates of doctoral programs and success rates in the internship match. In those discussion, there is an oft repeated perception that the employment prospects for doctoral psychologists is bleak and there is a "glut" of psychologists. Leaving alone, for a moment, the cognitive disconnect of why people are here seeking advice on how to break into a field with such an apparently dismal future, where does this "gloom and doom" perception arise? The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos056.htm#outlook) lists employment of psychologists as "growing faster than average through 2014, because of increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms, and private companies." According to the APA's 2003 Doctoral Employment Survey (http://research.apa.org/des03.html#status - apparently the most recent): "About a third of respondents rated the job market as "fair", while 48% rated it "good" or "excellent". This represents a healthy increase over responses from ten years before, when only 27% of respondents gave a "good" or "excellent" rating." Just curious -- why the perception that we're all barreling into a black hole of unemployability?