First postgraduate position: Academic employment
In 2013, half of all doctorate recipients with definite commitments for
employment in the United States (excluding those with commitments for
postdoc positions) reported that their principal job would be in academe.
The rate at which doctorate recipients take academic positions upon graduation
varies by field of study.
The highest rates of academic employment are reported by doctorate
recipients in humanities and other non-S&E fields; the lowest rates are
reported by engineering and physical sciences doctorates. Over the past 10
years, the rate of academic employment has declined in life sciences, physical
sciences, and engineering, whereas the academic employment rate of
doctorates in education and other non-S&E fields has increased.