Pathways from Research Higher Degrees

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates have diverse careers after completing Research Higher Degrees.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates have diverse career opportunities after completing Research Higher Degrees. While some graduates work in academia, there are careers that allow you to move away from academia but to stay close to your research field. The ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System (2016, p. 72) highlights that 57 per cent of the employed doctorate population in Australia are working outside of academia in a range of other careers. Many graduates choose to work in government, health or industry. Below is a list of just some of the careers that Research Higher Degrees graduates undertake:

  • Academia
  • Consultancy
  • Higher Education sector administrative/managerial positions
  • Other educational institutions
  • Government (Australian federal and state plus overseas governments)
  • Research roles within professional, technical and scientific services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Writing

 

Careers outside academia

PhD career guide

11 alternative careers for PhD students