Monday, August 11, 2014

If you do a science Ph.D what chance do you have of becoming a faculty member?

Here is a helpful graphic that summarises the statistics of the employment trajectories of people who start doing a Ph.D in biology in the USA. I guess that the percentages are similar for physics and chemistry. Does anyone know the actual numbers?

I welcome comment and critique on the numbers.


  1. Hello Ross,

    Thank you for the interesting post.

    AIP's Statistical Research Center have some latest data:

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    I generally don't find the AIP data that helpful. It mostly concerns employment one year after the Ph.D.
    But, perhaps I am missing something.
    The important statistics are longer term.