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Ten-year nationwide survey
yields findings on career paths of Ph.D.s
November 16, 1998
Preliminary results of a long-term study of the career paths of Ph.D.s show that unemployment among Ph.D.s is low and that job satisfaction is high among Ph.D.s in non-academic posts.
The study, "Ph.D.s - Ten Years Later," is being undertaken by Maresi Nerad, director of graduate research at the University of California-Berkeley, with support from the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
The study, launched in fall 1995, surveyed 6,000 Ph.D. holders from 61 U.S. universities - including UConn - in six disciplines: biochemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, English, mathematics and political science. Nerad mailed a 22-page survey to all those who received a Ph.D. from the participating universities in the years 1983, 1984, and 1985. The survey met with a response rate of more than 70 percent. Nerad also has conducted individual interviews with 65 of the survey participants.
Although the study is not yet published, Nerad shared some of her preliminary findings during a phone interview with the Advance.
The findings include: