University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 35
Plans at Time of Ph.D. Completion, Spring 2007

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More than one-third (37 percent) of students who earned a Ph.D. from UC already had accepted an employment offer by the time they had finished their Ph.D. degrees; another quarter (28 percent) were actively seeking employment.

In addition, another third had accepted an offer of a post-doctoral position. Post-doctoral training-in which Ph.D. students do further research for one or two years under the guidance of a faculty member at a research university before accepting a permanent, full-time position-has become an integral part of the training of Ph.D. students, especially in the sciences.

Two percent of new Ph.D.s had no immediate plans for further work or study the year after completing their degrees.

Source: National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates. The survey is conducted on behalf of NSF and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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