Jump in doctoral graduates over past decade offers opportunity for “brain gain” in Canada’s post-secondary sector and beyond.
Grad school might be fear-inducing, given the online proliferation of horror stories of research gone wrong. But for most PhD students at the University of Alberta, the long hours, gruelling revisions and looming deadlines are a launching pad to a meaningful career.
A new labour market outcome study conducted by the U of A tracked 4,365 PhDs graduating over a 12-year period ending in 2017. It found that 56 per cent remained on campuses, another 29 per cent work in the private sector and 12 per cent are in the public sector.
Half are either in tenure track academic positions or in professions like law and engineering. Another 14 per cent are scientists or researchers working outside the post-secondary sector.
The study also found a net “brain gain” of 831 PhDs, thanks largely to international students, nearly two-thirds o...