Career Outcomes

Students from our program pursue a wide variety of careers after obtaining their PhD. Many will become scientific leaders of the next generation.

Current positions for students graduating between 2005 and 2020

Over the past 16 years, two-thirds of our students have continued in research-focused careers, both in academia and industry. The remaining third have used their PhD degrees to pursue other careers including business, entrepreneurship, law, education, and publishing. The subset of students from groups underrepresented in science (underrepresented minorities or URMs) have a similar career trajectory. We are excited about the diverse career options available to our students after graduation and we provide many avenues for students to explore careers in the areas represented below.

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Career outcomes for students graduating between 2005-2009

For students who graduated between 2005 and 2009, more than 40% are now leading research programs either in academia as professors or in industry as research directors. Overall, about 60% of the students we trained over this period are in research-focused careers. In addition, many of the students trained in this period are using their PhDs to pursue non-research careers in law, business, education and other areas.

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The MIT Earned Doctoral Survey provides information about the paths Biology graduate students pursue immediately after they obtain their degrees.