What do researchers do ?

Vitae recently published the latest edition in the ‘What do Researchers do ?’ series, exploring the destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates. These latest finding have been analysed from the HESA ‘Graduate Outcomes’ data from 2018-19 doctoral graduates. You can read summary slides on the Vitae website and/or watch recordings of a recent event presenting the data and a panel Q&A (University login required).

Information available includes employment type by discipline, earnings, perceived value of the doctorate and analysis of outcomes for different groups. Some interesting findings include:

  • About half of international doctoral graduates in full-time work remained in the UK
  • 50% of social sciences doctoral graduates were employed in HE teaching, compared with 28% of arts and humanities graduates and 8% of physical science and engineering graduates.
  • 37% of biological science graduates were employed in HE research positions, compared to 18% of social scientists and 17% of arts and humanities graduates. Biological science graduates were also the most likely to be working in research outside HE (20%).
  • 70% of all doctoral graduates reported using research skills in their role and over 60% either conducted or interpreted /evaluated research.

If you want to explore your career options inside and outside of academia, why not take a look at the careers section of the York Graduate Research School website ?

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