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Physics Doctorates Initial Employment

MAR 01, 2016
Data from the degree recipient follow-up surveys for the classes of 2013 and 2014
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Research Manager American Institute of Physics
Physics Doctorates Initial Employment

This report presents data on the initial employment of physics PhDs. About half of physics PhDs accept a postdoctoral fellowship, making it the most common type of employment for degree recipients. Salaries for physics PhDs vary depending on the type of initial employment and sector. The findings in this report come from the annual AIP follow-up survey of physics PhD recipients, classes of 2013 and 2014.

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