Jobs for PhDs: Work Opportunities in the Non-Academic World
If you have a PhD and struggle to get a job, don’t feel like you’re alone. Most people who want to work outside of academia have trouble finding good jobs for PhDs. The majority of PhD career advice students get is also geared toward staying in academic positions. There’s little information available about non-academic career options for PhDs to pursue an industry position.
Because of this, many graduate students end up going after jobs for PhDs that they’re actually overqualified for. Their job search consists of applying for positions that require only a MA from graduate school or BA in their field. Even still it can be difficult for PhD graduates to get hired for these positions. Often industry employers pass on hiring applicants that are overqualified for the job, either because they know they can’t pay a PhD the wage they deserve, or because they expect you only want that job as a stop-gap until you land a position you really want in academia.