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  • Forging a New Career Path

    The primary job market for science PhDs is no longer the ivory tower. Where are the job opportunities?

    Posted 12/10/2012

    Many non-scientists envision researchers toiling away in labs located in ancient university buildings, interacting only with lab mates and other academic researchers. But job statistics tell a very different story: Today only 14% of PhD graduates go on to careers in academia.

    "There is a growing appreciation of the value PhD-trained scientists bring to roles beyond research," says Monica Kerr, Director, Science Alliance at the Academy.

    So where are the jobs for PhDs? And what skills do PhDs need to succeed in these career paths? Below, the Academy presents a variety of resources that explore alternative (or are they now mainstream?) science careers.

    The Great Migration
    Magazine

    The Great Migration

    Science PhDs are showing up in diverse and exciting careers, from biotechnologist, to patent law expert, science writer, pharmaceutical salesperson, industry consultant, and medical communications specialist. What skills are needed to break into these fields?

    From the PhD to Equity Research Analyst
    Video

    From the PhD to Equity Research Analyst

    Interested in translating your science critical thinking skills to the market? Listen to Caroline Corner describe how she left the lab bench to break into the finance industry as an equity research analyst and consultant.

    From the PhD to Management Consulting
    Video

    From the PhD to Management Consulting

    Want to learn more about consulting? Hear Jeremy Buzzard, a PhD in molecular and cellular biology, talk about his career in management consulting as a partner at McKinsey & Co.

    A Career Development and Entrepreneurship Workshop
    eBriefing

    A Career Development and Entrepreneurship Workshop

    This eBriefing documents a workshop designed to educate young Russian scientists about career development and job preparation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.

    The Impact of Influence: Why Scientists Need Mentors
    Magazine

    The Impact of Influence: Why Scientists Need Mentors

    No matter what the specific career path, renowned cardiologist Valentin Fuster believes that caring mentors are vital to helping young scientists succeed.


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