I'm finishing up a PhD this year and am on the job market. I'm fortunate to focus on fairly applied research, so it has opened the door for industry jobs as well as academia. I have received several bites from academic jobs, including 3 campus interviews and 1 offer, although I declined the offer because it was too teaching-heavy (I really want a 2/2 or less). The 2 other places I interviewed I would have taken the job if it was offered, but I finished 2nd in both instances.
I have received several lucrative industry offers (make more starting than any faculty member at my current graduate institution makes), but that would mean giving up on academia. The question is whether I try and pursue a post-doc and then try this song and dance all over again or just take the industry job and hope that I enjoy it as much/more than academics.
Has anyone been in a similar situation or is currently in this situation? I think my main hesitation is that I see so many post-docs who are struggling on the job market that there's just no guarantee that sticking it out will produce different results. I'm interested in hearing from people who have taken the leap into industry or decided to stick it out with a post-doc and more rounds on the job market.