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Physics Doctorates Initial Employment

DEC 01, 2014
Data from the degree recipient follow-up survey for the classes of 2011 and 2012
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Research Manager American Institute of Physics
Physics Doctorates

There is a strong relationship between the type of employment new PhDs accept and the sector in which they work. PhDs accepting postdocs were overwhelmingly employed in the academic sector, whereas the majority of PhDs accepting potentially permanent positions were employed in the private sector. This focus on presents these data as well as starting salaries and field of employment for new physics PhDs. The data comes from the annual AIP physics PhD follow-up survey of the classes of 2011 and 2012.

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