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Our students complete their doctoral studies fully prepared for a variety of career options.

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What do our students do after graduation?

Alumni statistics for students graduating between 2004 and 2014 (as of 2014)

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The majority of our graduates pursue careers as scientists in academia or industry. Approximately:

  • 31% are involved in post-doctoral training
  • 18% work in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry
  • 11% hold academic positions equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor
  • 10% are research scientists

Other students use their degree in non-research professions:

  • 13% in business or law
  • 6% in medicine
  • 11% other, including education, communication, and policy

Academic careers

  • Historically, 30-40% of our graduates have gone on to academic faculty positions or equivalent positions at research institutions after completing postdoctoral training.
  • Our alumni are on the faculty at more than 50 universities around the world that include many top-ranked research institutions.

Non-research careers

We are proud of the variety of ways that our recent graduates are using their training to benefit society in non-research careers such as:

  • Science educators at the high school or college level
  • Opportunities as science writers or editors or work in science government policy
  • Careers in patent law, consulting, or business

The MIT Earned Doctoral Survey also provides information about paths pursued by Biology graduate students right after they obtain their degrees.