Where are our PhD graduates now?

Over the past 20 years, 169 graduates have received doctorates. Subtracting those who have retired, died, or completed in the past five years (most of whom are still looking for full-time work), 139 graduates remain. Of this number:

  • 31.6% have a tenured academic job
  • 11.5% work in public history (as curators, archivists, policy officer, grants coordinators, consultants, city historians, tourism industry employees)
  • 7.9% are in university admin (as research coordinators, faculty research managers, senior strategy and projects officers, senior advisers and governance specialists, research fellows, etc.)
  • 7.1% have a postdoc
  • 7.1% are in government employment (as policy officers, researchers, analysts, etc.)
  • 7.1% work in the non-profit sector or are self-employed (as freelance writers, editors, indexers, research affiliates, or activists)
  • 3.5% are still looking for an academic job after 5 years
  • 3.5% are in teaching (as high school teachers, curriculum developers, textbook developers, etc.)
  • 1.4% are employed in arts-related fields (as journalists, documentary film makers, screen writers).
  • 3.5% are employed in the private sector (as lawyers, consultants, small business owners).
  • 15.1% Could not be located (most likely because they have retired, moved overseas, or left the paid workforce).
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The number of individuals in each category

44 Academic (tenured)
16 Public Hist / Researcher / Editor
11 Univ Admin
10 Postdoc
10 Govt Emp
10 Nonprofit Emp / Self Emp
5 Casual 5+yrs
5 Teaching
2 Arts (journalism/doc film maker/theatre)
5 Private sector (business/law/consultancy)
21 unknown / not currently looking for work / retraining
16 Casual or contract <5 yrs
14 Retired or deceased