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Career Statistics

What do PhDs from AU do after graduation? 

One of the most frequently asked questions we get in the career service is "so what do people do with a PhD from my field?" Below we provide you with a overview of the different job titles that former PhD students from AU have. The data is based on information about PhD graduations from BSS (from 2015-2017), Arts (2016-Sept. 2018) and Health (2017-Sept. 2018) and we have used LinkedIn to see where people are today. So bear in mind that the data is only a situational snapshot and can therefore only be used as an indication of the directions.  

Below each snapshot you can find a more detailed report about the job situation in the specific faculty divided by departments/fields. Here you will also be able to read about the sectors/industries that the specific job titles are working within.

63% remain in academia (postdocs, lecturer/assistant professor, abroad). Both lecturers at universities and lectors at university colleges are categorized as remaining in academia. 

Some of the job titles among the 27 % in jobs outside academia:

  • Museum's inspector
  • Consultant
  • Journal editor
  • Development Manager
  • Priest
  • Archaeologist
  • Historian
  • Music composer
  • Data analyst


39% remain in academia

Among the 43% in jobs outside academia, some of the job titles are:

  • Psychologist
  • Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Researcher
  • Attorney-at-law
  • Innovation Manager
  • Economist
  • Advisor




21% remain in academia.

Most PhDs from Health continue working as Doctors. Among the 26% who get another type of job, some of the job titles outside academia are:

  • Global Quality Specialist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Project Manager
  • Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist