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