Evidently there has been a population explosion of students and PhDs seeking a shrinking number of vertebrate paleo jobs out there.
Here is a blog post by Don Prothero on this subject. I found it more than enlightening. I hope it does everybody some good to see the big picture as Don sees it.
Don concludes, “This recent article, entitled “The Odds are Never in your Favor”, in The Chronicle of Higher Education compares searching for academic jobs to “The Hunger Games”: young people pitted against each other in a battle for survival, cruel and unfair judging by the older generation determines your fate, poor odds of making it out alive, disappointment is the most likely ending. I wish it were a joke…”
BTW, Don also wrote, “Almost half of the 1400 attendees are amateurs, who just want to see talks about dinosaurs, and rub shoulders with famous dinosaur paleontologists. Fewer than 200-300 of the 1400 attendees are VPs with jobs at museums or major universities.”
With regard to Don’s latter observations, an annonymous palaeontologist reports, “The vast majority of attendees are students and slave crews from pro digs not amateurs.”
I wish you all the best of luck in all your pursuits.