Forging a New Career Path
The primary job market for science PhDs is no longer the ivory tower. Where are the job opportunities?
Published December 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.
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