The physics-careers tag contains almost all questions also tagged soft-question. Those which don't are deemed off-topic and closed.

Most of the questions ask about the details of working in some specific field. For eg.

So do we really need a specific tag about physics-careers? If so, what kind of unique questions would this tag describe.

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    $\begingroup$ 14/34 closed. Subset tags aren't bad (we have tons), but this one seems to not be a good tag anyway. (I'll add justification later if I get time) $\endgroup$ Aug 15, 2013 at 9:50

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In general there's nothing wrong with having a tag that is a subset of another. After all, we do have broad subfield tags like and that many other tags will fit under. It's still useful to have those more specific tags to make it easier for people to filter posts as they like.

In this specific case, questions may well be off topic on the site. I don't know if we have an explicit discussion about it on meta but I don't believe there's any particular justification for them to be on topic. That's a separate issue.

  • $\begingroup$ It was pointed out in another question in meta that physics-careers was on topic on Theoretical Physics so that's why it's still allowed here. But I don't know if that is true, meaningful, etc.. Just pointing it out for completeness. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Aug 15, 2013 at 20:18

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