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Postdoc Career Outcomes

Job Sector of 179 Postdoctoral Departures

From 2015 – present

Job Sector
Academic Institution
59.2%
For-profit Company
25.9%
Non-profit Organization
8.6%
Government Agency
4%
Independent/Self-Employed
1.7%
Unknown or Undecided
1.1%

Job Type at an Academic Institution

2015 – Present

Job Type *

    Job Type

  • Tenure-Track Faculty
  • Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
  • Professional Staff – Broad term describing non-faculty positions; this category includes those conducting independent work but not supervising a large team
  • Support Staff – Refers to those not leading independent efforts but primarily supporting the work of others
  • Management – Refers to those leading or managing large teams or efforts
  • Trainee – Conducting additional training (e.g. additional postdoctoral training or additional degree)
Trainee
44.7%
Tenure-Track Faculty
33%
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
8.7%
Professional Staff
8.7%
Support Staff
2.9%
Management
1.9%

Job Specifics at a For-profit Company

2015 – present

Job Specifics *

    Job Specifics

  • Primarily Applied Research – Conducting research involving the practical application of science to solve a specific problem (e.g. pharmaceutical target/toxicological screening or epidemiology)
  • Primarily Basic Research – Conducting research to understand fundamental, ‘basic,’ natural processes or phenomena
  • Primarily Computational Research/Informatics – Primarily involved in developing new computational/statistical methods for analyzing complex data
  • Primarily Clinical Research – Research aimed determining the safety and effectiveness of biologics, drugs, and devices that have reached the stage of including human subjects
  • Primarily Clinical Practice – Primarily involved in using established treatments to care for patients
  • Consulting — Primarily providing expert advice in a specialty area, which is used to guide others in solving problems, developing strategic plans, providing a specific service, etc.
  • Science Writing or Communications – Primarily involved in writing/editing and improving scientific communication
  • Business Development or Operations – Primarily involved in developing or implementing strategies for expanding business opportunities (business development), or involved in optimizing the efficiency with which a business operates (business operations)
  • Technical/Customer Support – Primarily involved in supporting a customer’s ability to use a product or service, or in supporting the functions of a laboratory.
Primarily Applied Research
44.4%
Consulting
15.6%
Science Writing or Communications
11.1%
Primarily Basic Research
6.7%
Technical/Customer Support
4.4%
Primarily Computational Research/Informatics
4.4%
Primarily Clinical Research
4.4%
Business Development or Operations
4.4%
Primarily Clinical Practice
2.2%
Other
2.2%

 



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