Every day I receive emails with Post-Doc scholarships/jobs and very few with PhD positions. Why nobody seem to want students on PhD ?
Before entering to the Faculty of Physics, all the Doctors in Physics or Mathematics where for me like "goods". The idea was, that if somebody is a Doctor in Physics/Mathematics it means that he/she has a contribution to the development of Physics/Mathematics. The second idea was that if you have a great contribution to science, you need to work and to spend time for research and study. So, in my opinion the average age of an average Doctor was 35-40 years.
Nowadays, the average age for an PhD in Physics is 28-30 years, and in general the contribution to science are very small. In the past the progress was made form big steps, and so was the development of science. Now the progress is made form small steps, but is more rapid.
This is, in my opinion, the reason for low requirements for obtaining the PhD title. Is not necessary to have o great contribution to science, all you need is a piece o paper with your name next to title of Doctor, and its enough. ow people look different at you. Now the place of Doctorate was taken by Post-Doctorate. It's like dividing the period of time necessary for the old Doctorate in two parts. So, the real contribution are from post-doc scientists. But for how long. In conclusion, the scientific level of PhD is decreasing, and this title tells nothing about you as a scientist. The only title that matters now is the Post-Doc title.