Employment outcomes of Australian graduates

Ruth Neumann, Margaret Kiley, Gerry Mullins

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This paper reports on the initial employment outcomes of Australian doctoral graduates for the period 2000-2005. While the number of students undertaking a doctorate continues to increase we know that in Australia over the decade 1990-1999 the majority of graduates of PhD programs found employment outside of the academic world – 33 percent in 1998 took up an academic career (ARC, 1999). Interestingly this trend seems to have reversed in the years 2000-2005 with an average of 51 % (44% in 2000 and 54% in 2005) being employed in 'Education' following graduating. Investigations of the outcomes of doctoral education are scarce. This paper reports findings on initial employment trends, stability in employment trends, type of employer, and, variations based on discipline and type of university for 2000-2005 graduates. The results provide helpful insights into one aspect of doctoral education outcomes in Australia and contribute to our understanding of this relatively under-researched area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2007 Tertiary Education Management Conference
PublisherAssociation for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventTertiary Education Management Conference - Canberra
Duration: 23 Sept 200726 Sept 2007


ConferenceTertiary Education Management Conference


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