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

Forging a New Career Path

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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