Ontario’s PhD Graduates from 2009, where are they now?

Ontario’s PhD Graduates from 2009
Where are they now?

You might have heard that getting a PhD isn’t worth it, that job opportunities for graduates are scarce – even after 23+ total years in school. Is it true?

We checked in on the 2009 class of PhDs from Ontario universities. There were 2,310 graduates. They have had six years to settle into the job market.

We used an internet-based approach to discover who they are and what they are doing in 2015.

They are doing better than you
might think.

Job

29% are university professors

Approximately one-third of Ontario’s PhD graduates
from 2009 are full-time (tenure – tenure track)
university professors today.

21% have other jobs in academia

Jobs like researchers, lecturers, college instructors
and administrators.

=50%
work in academia

35% work outside academia

Importantly for Ontario’s economy, 35% of the graduating class of 2009 is working in business, industry and the public sector outside higher education.

 

Key industries are:
Engineering companies, health care, government, science research and consulting.

15% no information

These graduates are likely employed
outside of academia, unemployed or
are out of the labour force entirely.

Location

Ontario PhD graduates are working around the world.

50% work in Ontario

Of the balance, one-third are working elsewhere in Canada,
one-third in the United States, one-third in other countries
and continents.

17% work in the
rest of Canada

17% work in the
United States

17% work in the
rest of the world

University

82% of PhDs

graduated from one of Ontario’s seven research-intensive universities.

18% of PhDs

graduated from one of nine other Ontario universities.
The remaining four Ontario universities graduated
no PhDs.

Field of Study

61% STEM and health

22%
Sciences

19%
Engineering

10%
Health

8%
Math and computer sciences

2%
Agriculture

39% other fields

16%
Social sciences

10%
Humanities

5%
Education

4%
Business

4%
Other

Gender

50% male

42% female

8% no information

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