I hope things improve for you as well, rstoddart. A former boss called me yesterday that he'd gotten a pretty good position at a large hospital. While I worked for him, he got an MA in Health Administration and it's taken him a while to work his way up.
On another subject, one of our perfusionists had a nametag identifying him as "Dr -" since he had a PhD in physiology, but said he might get it changed if the REAL doctors objected.
Having a BA in Business, I have more respect for the BS and MS degrees.
Tried to convince my Wife when she signed up for a MBA is Health Systems Administration, that MBA was a worthless degree. She's now doing blue collar work flipping pages under a document scanner, while I pay $350 a month for her masters. (I am hoping for things to improve. )
(her last employer, canned her after her division had more than $1million in revenue in its first year, while the rest of the company is running at a loss. and the reason was "mis-managment" and they twisted up a company regulation as another excuse. Blocked her Unemployment check too. )
A Ph.D. or doctorate degree is awarded for genuinely demonstrating the ability to do independent scientific research at a high level, e.g. by issuing a dissertation. While of course such an academic degree is by itself nice, it does by no means vouch for actual competence in any other field whatsoever.
How many Ph.D.-s actually make a good elevator mechanic?