Graduate Alumni Placement

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"UC Berkeley Doctoral Placement Survey"

• focuses on initial placement 1-1.5 years post-graduation
• started in 1996
• contact information provided by dissertation advisors
• summary reports, updated annually, are provided to graduate programs
• placement reports are included in departmental reviews

"UC Doctoral Alumni Survey"

• focuses on career trajectory, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 years after graduation
• started at Berkeley in 2012; adopted by entire UC system in 2014
• back to 1968, the University Relations master database has good contact information on 11,500 living doctoral alumni
• received ~2,500 responses

While I could not find the Doctoral Placement Survey results, the Doctoral Alumni Survey results are widely publicized and can be visualized in these interactive graphs (take note of the tabs!): http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/uc-doctoral-alumni-survey

Notable findings:

• reported unemployment rates for all graduate alumni are ~1%
• from 1968-present, engineering graduates have consistently had the least loan debt at graduation (20% in 2005-08)
• of disciplines working at four-year colleges, engineers were most likely (90%) to be working at doctoral/research universities
• Compared to the NSF SDR 2008 survey (n=650k), Berkeley STEM doctoral alumni are
   - more likely to work at four-year colleges (55.2% vs 41.4%)
   - less likely to work at private for-profit organizations (24.2% vs 32.6%)
• life science graduate alumni postdoc FOREVER (68% 1+ year; 31% 4+ years)

Postdocs are becoming more common and increasing in length (need more granular data for a thorough analysis):

== Overall       0 yrs        1-3 yrs      4+ yrs
2005-2007	55%		29%		16%
1999-2001	56%		30%		13%
1989-1991	55%		30%		15%
1979-1981	59%		32%		10%
1969-1971	66%		27%		7%

== Enginrs       0 yrs        1-3 yrs     4+ yrs
2005-2007	64%		28%		8%
1999-2001	69%		24%		6%
1989-1991	68%		29%		4%
1979-1981	83%		14%		3%
1969-1971	80%		20%		1%

Between these two surveys, UC should have the ChemE-specific data that I want—a breakdown of recent placement by sector (industry, academia, postdoc, gov/nonprofit/etc) and a list of recent employers (with numbers where possible). The data looks very positive, so I'm surprised it's not emphasized more in our recruiting efforts.