Originally Posted by globetrotter
in the weekend FT, there was a quote from Barry Manilow that said "I think that it is great if you can make a living doing what made you most happy at 14". that sounds pretty cool, although I don't know if I could make a living masterbating.
I'm quite happy in academia. The trade-off of salary for freedom and stability has been great for me. Crucially, I've had tenure for awhile.
Now, the shrinking job market, the uncertain future of tenure and the growth of adjunct faculty, and the increasing focus of universities on customer satisfaction rather than knowledge would probably make me choose a different path.