So reads the Report on the Modern Language Association Job Information List. The MLA is the main scholarly organization for the humanities in the US. The bright spot--we aren't Japan.The decreases of the past three years bring the number of advertised jobs to a new low, below the level reached after the severe drop between 2007–08 and 2009–10.
Meanwhile in computer science we continue to see large enrollment increases in major, minors and students just wanting to take computer science courses. In the upcoming CRA Snowbird Conference "a major focus of the conference will be booming enrollments, with a short plenary followed by parallel sessions devoted to the topic, its various ramifications, and ideas to help you deal with it, including best practices for managing growth."
The 2015 November CRA News had 83 pages of faculty job ads, up from 75 in 2014 and 34 in 2012. This doesn't even count that fact that many departments are looking to hire two, three, four or more positions in CS. It will be an interesting job market this spring.
All of this is driven by jobs. We can't produce enough strong computer scientists to fill industry demand. And it's becoming increasingly hard for a humanities major to get a good first job.
It's nice to be on the side of growth but it's a shame that faculty hiring seems to be a zero-sum game. We need poets as well as nerds. We've help create a world where we have made ourselves indispensable but is this a world we really want to live in?