PhD employment holds steady, but makes gains in humanities

December 12, 2013

The number of American PhD recipients in 2012 who had a job commitment upon finishing their degrees increased by only 0.1% over 2011, to 65.6%, according to data from the University of Chicago’s Survey of Earned Doctorates. The results show that there are employment gains over 2010 and 2011 across all disciplinary categories, except in education. The humanities, where the job market for PhDs has been particularly hard, saw a gain of 292 new doctorates in 2012, a 5.6% increase. Over all, the number of doctorates awarded in 2012 was 51,008, an increase of 4.3% over 2011. 46.2% of these new doctorates went to women, which is a small increase of 0.8% over the last 10 years. Inside Higher Education