10,000 PhDs Project.

A March 12th article in Science Careers on the changing career landscape for PhD graduates highlighted the 10,000 PhDs Project and the importance of determining the career outcomes of PhD graduates.

The 10 founding universities in the Coalition for Next Generation Life Sciences, including UCSF, Johns Hopkins and Cornell, have now released data on their PhD students, including times to completion and their career choices within 1 year after graduation, 5 years, 10 years, etc.   For the first time, an equal number of PhDs are employed in the private sector as in academia underlining the importance of professional development in preparing students for diverse careers.

As stated by Reinhart Reithmeier in the article: “The data also serve as “a reality check” for faculty members who otherwise still assume that tenure track positions are the standard path for today’s trainees”.


Science Careers Article

10,000 PhDs Project in PLOS ONE

Coalition for Next Generation Life Sciences