Where Are They Now?

The immunology department at the University of Toronto surveyed its graduates to determine the career paths they are following.

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It is amusing to note that

It is amusing to note that the authors of this study appear to believe that "research scientists" are employed only in academia. "Non academic" careers for research scientists are to be found in public laboratories, the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, and in a vast array of other, less obvious sectors. The authors also appear to believe that 54% of alumni remaining in academe ("most employed as post-doctoral fellows") is a positive finding, rather than a reflection of the scarcity of highly paid value adding jobs. Most of the post docs I interview would love to leave academia for the world of industry; in general, though, the longer they remain as post docs, the less attractive they are to other employers.

54% still doing a post-doc

54% still doing a post-doc after 5 years is not a success. Rather it suggests a dearth of faculty positions and a longer "internship" period in their career. Studies show only 7% of scientists ultimately land faculty positions and that many scientists do two or three post-docs. Our research at Nelsenbiomedical shows that while the majority of post-docs surveyed stated their first choose was to stay in academia, 88% felt that needed to understand other options and make an alternative plan.