Doctoral Career Outcomes

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This data visualization provides information on the early, mid, and late career outcomes of UW-Madison doctoral program alumni. Reported data include employment status, job sector and location, and jobs in academia.

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Graduate School Office of Academic Analysis, Planning, & Assessment
Important Notes

Alumni career data (5, 10 & 15 years post-degree) were collected using online searches of public websites (e.g. LinkedIn, university websites, etc.). Reported career data are based on online employment records accessed in January, 2021 & January, 2022. Reported data are for alumni who earned doctorates in calendar years 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2016  and 2017.

Employment status and job data at time of graduation were collected via exit surveys from students earning doctorates in academic years 2019-2021.

Employment sector and career type categories are based on the NIH BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) consortium's PhD career taxonomy. More information on the taxonomy can be found on the 'Data Collection and Technology Resources' page at


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Award School/College

School or college of the academic award. In general, each academic award is associated with a unique academic plan, and each academic plan is part of a unique academic program, and every academic program is associated with a unique school or college. "MSN"/"UW-Madison" is used when an academic award has no school or college associated with it (such as an individualized major or special graduate committee award) or for an additional major.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Plan

An area of study--such as a major, minor, or certificate--that is within an academic career.

Academic Planning, Student Record

A specific group of students established for tracking purposes based on an event shared by the group of students. Examples include entrance cohorts and graduation cohorts.

Student Record
Disciplinary Division

The four divisions established on the basis of related subjects of teaching and research and are independent of colleges, schools, and departments, and include: Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Academic Planning, Employee Record