GSBS Career Outcomes

To help all applicants and others interested in our graduate programs, we have summarized information of the careers that are being pursued by the 479 PhD and MD/PhD graduates from the five biomedical PhD programs of the Basic Science Division that are currently accepting students. All individuals who completed their PhD degree from 2000 to the present are included. This information is updated annually.

About 38% pursue careers in the academic sector while about 40% pursue careers in the biotechnology industry. The remaining graduates pursue a wide range of other careers. Only about one percent of our graduates pursue non-science-related careers.

The career choices of PhD graduates of individual programs are summarized on the website of each graduate program.

chart of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences alumni and their career sectors as of 2021

Academic Sector

  • Faculty - Research - Faculty at institutions of higher education who conduct discovery research as a significant portion of their activity
  • Faculty¬† - Teaching - Faculty at institutions of higher education whose primary role is teaching
  • Faculty - Clinical - Faculty at institutions of higher education who conduct clinical or basic research and have clinical duties.
  • Research Staff - Individuals conducting laboratory research in a staff role
  • Academic Staff - Individuals supporting the academic mission in a staff role
  • Additional Educ - Individuals pursuing additional education after their degree
  • Residency Training - Individuals (predominantly MD/PhD graduates) in residency or fellowship training
  • Postdoc Training - Individuals pursuing postdoctoral training at an institution of higher education

Biotech Sector

  • Research - Individuals who lead research teams or actively conduct discovery research
  • Business - Individuals in business development, product development, administration, clinical research management, manufacturing oversight, and similar careers
  • Postdoc Training - Individuals in postdoctoral training in a biotechnology setting

Other Sectors

  • Private Practice - Individuals with a clinical degree in addition to the PhD whose primary function is treating patients
  • IP/Law - Individuals involved in technology transfer, patent law or other aspects of law
  • Government - Individuals working for a government agency such as the NIH, FDA, or other agencies
  • Education - Individuals working in the primary or secondary education fields
  • Communication - Individuals engaged in science writing, editing or other forms of media
  • Nonprofit - Individuals employed in a non-profit organization such as an NGO or foundation
  • Non-science - Individuals pursuing careers not involving science
  • Consulting - Individuals working for consulting firms that support bioscience
  • Finance - Individuals pursuing careers in banking or finance
  • Unknown -¬† Individuals for whom current information is unavailable
  • Not in the Labor Force - Individuals who are not in the labor force