Most PhDs employed outside academia, yet barriers remain, says Conference Board

November 25, 2015

Observing that fewer than one in five Canadian PhDs are employed as full-time faculty, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada explores the variety of positions held by these graduates while summarizing the challenges they face in transitioning to a non-academic career. The transition can be difficult, said study author Jessica Edge, because “a lot of employers now don’t know what the skills of a PhD graduate are, and so they don’t know what to do with them.” According to the study, just 2% of positions advertised over a three-month period in the fall of 2014 required a PhD. Furthermore, while there is an earnings premium of roughly $13 K for a doctorate over a master’s, the additional time spent in school means that it can take years for them to catch up financially. Globe and Mail | CBC | Full Report