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 2018

Over the past 13 years, two-thirds of our students have continued in research-focused careers in academia or industry. The remaining third have used their PhD degrees in business and entrepreneurship, law, education, and publishing. 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 diverse areas represented below.

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Career outcomes for students graduating between 2005-2009

Students who graduated from our program between 2005 and 2009 are further along in their careers, and almost 40% of these students are now leading research programs either as professors in academia or as research directors in industry. More than 60% of the students we trained over this period work in research-focused careers. Other graduates from that period are using their PhDs to pursue non-research careers including in law, business, medicine, or education.

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