Mike left an interesting comment re: his history phd friends
Some of my History PhD friends took jobs with corporations, e.g., HCA and Lockheed Martin. These were pretty highly compensated jobs. At least a couple took positions teaching at elite private secondary schools.
Here are some PhDs that we know of, and where they ended up:
80% of them are on the West Coast working for tech start-ups. 15% are on the East Coast working for tech start-ups. One guy is a trailing spouse in a foreign country working as a “quant.” One guy is an international “bum” in that he’s spent the last 10 years or so back-packing and couch surfing across the world and not doing much else (according to his brother who keeps in touch). One taught high-school math and is now a software engineer.
Many government positions in DC and at Feds around the country (also Canada’s version). Several at think-tanks. Some in consulting making large sums of money. A couple on Wall Street whose salaries are measured in the millions instead of the hundreds of thousands. One SAHP. Freelance editor.
Running a local non-profit. Consulting. Business. Volunteer for political campaigns. Government in DC. Government overseas. Unemployed.
Working for the government in DC. Working for granting agencies. SAHP.
Grant foundation. Private practice. The VA. Start-up. Freelance writer. Data manager/statistician. Research director for a hospital.
Private school then SAHP.
Investment banking. High school teaching.
Full-time research associate for an economist. Think tank doing economics work. Wall-street. (Granted, I mainly only run into Physics PhDs when they’re doing economics.)
Actuary. Federal Government. Public school. Private school. Minister.
Let’s not forget that Mayim Bialik, actress, has a PhD in neuroscience, and Brian May, famous rock musician, has a PhD in astrophysics.
Where have your friends with PhDs ended up if they didn’t go into academia?