Research career choices – “market information”

‘Find out what other researchers do, major employment sectors for doctoral graduates, the state of the industry and future projections’ the email I received from Vitae proclaimed.

It’s amazing what data analysis can do in terms of igniting the desire to click on any email you receive.

But this was a topic I was interested in. What do PhD graduates do? My significant other trawls job adverts weekly trying to keep up to date with his options. I, so far, have immersed myself in labs and thesis writing and have yet to stick my head above the university parapet and examine the world at large.

So a new resource from Vitae* providing profiles, information and stats on the future of UK doctoral graduates is a useful find. Clicking through to their labour market information website I thought I would share some of their most interesting finds with you here in the form of the diagram below.

If you would like more information on their findings; check out the link above for their main website or download their What do researchers do?” PDF.

*Vitae is “the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.” Visit their website or check out the blog post I wrote about their PhD student course I attended last year.


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