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PhD Careers – What to Do After a PhD

Choosing what to do after your PhD isn’t always easy, particularly when you’re not sure if you want to work in academia. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of career opportunities that come with a PhD – and a good chance it’ll increase your earning potential.

This section features a selection of guides that will help you plan what to do after a PhD, with advice on:

If you’re thinking ahead to a PostDoc position, our sister site has lots of advice (and opportunities!).


Is a PhD worth it?

It's a simple enough question to start with, but the answer will depend on what you want to get from a doctorate.

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PhD employability and earnings

We've looked at official data on how a PhD can improve your job prospects and increase your salary potential.

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Working in academia

Read our guide to working in academia, with information on job positions, career paths and average salaries.

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Non-academic careers

A PhD is much more than an academic apprenticeship. Find out about other career options for doctoral graduates.

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Last Updated: 05 February 2021