Opportunities for PhD graduates to work in non-academic jobs look to be increasing. Discover how to make your PhD work for you in the labour market…
The most common jobs held by recent PhD graduates include:
Other suitable occupations include:
Although academia is a popular destination for PhD graduates, more opportunities exist outside of education. In fact, more than a quarter of those graduating with a PhD work in the science industry. In recent years there has also been a trend for companies to become more research orientated, which in turn has opened up new jobs.
The majority of PhD graduates who work outside of higher education are employed in an area where they can make use of their specialised knowledge and skills. To get personalised career suggestions based on your skills and interests, login to what jobs would suit me?
There are many ways to boost your chances of landing a non-academic job. To start your job hunt:
It is worth regularly checking sector-specific websites and publications for job adverts, such as:
When applying for non-academic jobs you must demonstrate to potential employers how your knowledge and expertise will be beneficial in the workplace.
PhD students can apply for graduate jobs but you may need to prove to employers that you are not over-qualified. One way to do this is to focus on the skills that set you apart from the competition, using examples to explain how your PhD has helped to enhance them.
Typically, key skills that PhD graduates can highlight to employers include:
Out of more than 5,000 PhD graduates who found work six months after graduation, fewer than one in six of them went into academic jobs; the majority chose to pursue non-academic careers.
|Working and studying||4.7%|
|Legal, social and welfare||10.7%|
|Technicians and other professionals||9.2%|
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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