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Physics Doctorates Initial Employment

JUL 01, 2012
Data from the degree recipient follow-up survey for the classes of 2009 and 2010
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Research Manager American Institute of Physics
Physics Doctorates Initial Employment

Typical starting salaries of new physics PhDs vary across sectors, with those in potentially permanent positions in the private sector earning the highest median salary. Potentially permanent positions are concentrated in the private sector, while over 70% of all postdocs are filled in academic institutions. This focus on presents these and related findings on the employment positions held by new physics PhDs. The data in this report come from the annual AIP physics PhD follow-up survey of the classes of 2009 and 2010.

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