Christopher Caterine offers advice for researchers taking their first steps on a new career path
Many of those who pursue an advanced degree will hope to become a professor. That outcome nevertheless eludes the majority.
The odds have never been favourable. While data on PhD career outcomes are notoriously poor, before Covid-19 only about 7 per cent of graduate students entering humanities programmes in the United States would go on to hold a tenure-track position. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics don’t fare much better, despite assumptions to the contrary, and haven’t for some time.