Berkeley CBE PhD Outcomes Data

Project Summary

Brandon Curtis has been working with the College of Chemistry Development Office and the Graduation Division to gather job placement data on CBE PhD alumni. Several surveys collect different (incomplete) information and spread it across multiple databases in different university organizations, so this report attempts to summarize what IS known about alumni placement; future efforts will attempt to unify these datasets. A historical overview of where our graduates have gone could be useful for job search ideation, grad student recruiting, and lab selection purposes.

For detailed employment statistics by year and research group from the Campus Advancement Data System (CADS), see this spreadsheet !

Use 'Data → Filter Views → Temporary Filter View' to sort the data by degree year, research group, employer...

For a description of this and other alumni employment outcome datasets, see UC Berkeley - Graduate Alumni Outcomes in Google Drive.

For a broad overview of first-job employer type and geography, see the report below.

Graduate Division Report - Doctoral Placement Survey

The Doctoral Placement Survey attempts to assess the whereabouts of doctoral students after graduation. Each summer, paper forms are printed for each student who had graduated 12-18 months prior. The forms are circulated to Graduate Advisors, who determine the location of their graduates to complete the forms. If programs cannot locate their graduates, work-study students in the Graduate Division search for the graduates online and send followup emails to confirm identities.

Brandon's Summary

This dataset is limited, but very complete (95%+ of graduates). Note that this dataset explicitly lists the names of universities and national labs that received only one student, but (inexplicably) does NOT list the names of companies that received only one student. Current data covers alumni who graduated in the 15 years from 1998 to 2013.

== Students Surveyed ==

1998-2003	69
2004-2008	101
2009-2013	77
TOTAL		247

== Employment Status ==

POSTDOC		75	30%
EMPLOYED	163	66%
SCHOOL		1	
UNEMPLOYED	0	
UNKNOWN		7	 3%
OTHER		1		
TOTAL		247

== Position Location ==

California	126	53%
Other US	92	39%
International	20	 8%
TOTAL		238
== Employer Type ==

University	62	26%
Business	147	62%
Nat'l Lab	18	 8%
K-12		0	
Government	5	 2%
Hospital	1	
Self-Emp	1	
Other		5	 2%
TOTAL		239

== Position Type ==

Faculty, Tenure		7	 3%
Faculty, Nonten		0
Postdoc			77	32%
Researcher, Nonfac	48	21%
Other			103	44%
TOTAL			233
== Employer Name OR Sector ==

(sector only given for 97, 42%)

High Tech	38		
Biotech		30		
Engineering	20		
Mgmt Consult	8		
Finance		1		

(named employers given for 119, 51%)

(named companies: 31, 13%)
Intel		4
Merck		4
Exxon		4
Dow MI		4
GE		3
Chevron		3
Dow		3
Bristol Myers	2
Genentech	2
IBM		2

(named national labs: 21, 9%)
LBL		6
Sandia		5
Max Planck	3
NIH		3
LLNL		3
Argonne		1

UC Berkeley	14
MIT		5
U Minnesota	4
UCSF		3
EPFL		2
Harvard		2
Princeton	2
U Wisc-Mad	2
UCLA		2
OTHER UNIVS	31
(one person at each)

The Data

Doctoral Graduates - First Year Placement Population
  Female Male All
N Percent N Percent N Percent
1998-99 to 2002-03 19 27.5 50 72.5 69 100.0
2003-04 to 2007-08 21 20.8 80 79.2 101 100.0
2008-09 to 2012-13 25 32.5 52 67.5 77 100.0

Employment Status

  1998-99 to 2002-03 2003-04 to 2007-08 2008-09 to 2012-13
Female Male All Female Male All Female Male All
N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent
Postdoc 4 21.1 15 30.0 19 27.5 6 28.6 23 28.8 29 28.7 11 44.0 16 30.8 27 35.1
Employed 14 73.7 35 70.0 49 71.0 14 66.7 54 67.5 68 67.3 12 48.0 34 65.4 46 59.7
Study . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 1 4.8 . 0.0 1 1.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Unemployed . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Unknown 1 5.3 . 0.0 1 1.4 . 0.0 2 2.5 2 2.0 2 8.0 2 3.8 4 5.2
Other . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 1 1.3 1 1.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Deceased . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
All 19 100.0 50 100.0 69 100.0 21 100.0 80 100.0 101 100.0 25 100.0 52 100.0 77 100.0

Employer Type

  1998-99 to 2002-03 2003-04 to 2007-08 2008-09 to 2012-13
Female Male All Female Male All Female Male All
N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent
College or university 3 16.7 10 20.0 13 19.1 4 19.0 22 28.6 26 26.5 10 43.5 13 26.0 23 31.5
Business (for profit) 13 72.2 32 64.0 45 66.2 14 66.7 44 57.1 58 59.2 12 52.2 32 64.0 44 60.3
National laboratory 2 11.1 7 14.0 9 13.2 1 4.8 4 5.2 5 5.1 1 4.3 3 6.0 4 5.5
K-12 school . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Government . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 1 4.8 3 3.9 4 4.1 . 0.0 1 2.0 1 1.4
Hospital/clinic . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 1 2.0 1 1.4
Self-employed . 0.0 1 2.0 1 1.5 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Other . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 1 4.8 4 5.2 5 5.1 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
All Employed 18 100.0 50 100.0 68 100.0 21 100.0 77 100.0 98 100.0 23 100.0 50 100.0 73 100.0

Type of position

  1998-99 to 2002-03 2003-04 to 2007-08 2008-09 to 2012-13
Female Male All Female Male All Female Male All
N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent
Tenure track faculty . 0.0 2 4.0 2 2.9 . 0.0 5 6.4 5 5.1 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Postdoc 4 22.2 15 30.0 19 27.9 6 28.6 23 29.5 29 29.3 11 55.0 16 34.8 27 40.9
Non-tenure track faculty . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 0.0
Researcher (not faculty) 7 38.9 9 18.0 16 23.5 5 23.8 20 25.6 25 25.3 1 5.0 6 13.0 7 10.6
Other 7 38.9 24 48.0 31 45.6 10 47.6 30 38.5 40 40.4 8 40.0 24 52.2 32 48.5
All Employed 18 100.0 50 100.0 68 100.0 21 100.0 78 100.0 99 100.0 20 100.0 46 100.0 66 100.0

Location of employment

  1998-99 to 2002-03 2003-04 to 2007-08 2008-09 to 2012-13
Female Male All Female Male All Female Male All
N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent N Percent
California 7 38.9 28 56.0 35 51.5 11 55.0 40 51.9 51 52.6 12 52.2 28 56.0 40 54.8
Other U.S. State 9 50.0 19 38.0 28 41.2 9 45.0 31 40.3 40 41.2 8 34.8 16 32.0 24 32.9
International 2 11.1 3 6.0 5 7.4 . 0.0 6 7.8 6 6.2 3 13.0 6 12.0 9 12.3
All Employed 18 100.0 50 100.0 68 100.0 20 100.0 77 100.0 97 100.0 23 100.0 50 100.0 73 100.0

Names of employers or general sector of employment

  All 1998-99 to 2002-03 2003-04 to 2007-08 2008-09 to 2012-13
Female Male All Female Male All Female Male All
N N N N N N N N N N
High Tech 38 4 16 20 . 5 5 3 10 13
BioTch/Phm 30 3 6 9 5 8 13 3 5 8
Enginrng 20 . . . 2 11 13 2 5 7
U of California, Berkeley 14 1 2 3 1 5 6 1 4 5
MgmtCnslt 8 1 1 2 4 1 5 . 1 1
LBL 6 1 1 2 1 2 3 . 1 1
Massachusetts Inst of Tech 5 1 . 1 . 4 4 . . .
SandiaLab 5 . 3 3 . 1 1 . 1 1
Merck 4 2 2 4 . . . . . .
Exxon 4 . . . . 1 1 . 3 3
DowChemMI 4 . 1 1 . 1 1 1 1 2
U of Minnesota 4 . 1 1 1 2 3 . . .
Intel 4 . 2 2 . . . . 2 2
Max Planck 3 . 2 2 . 1 1 . . .
GenElec 3 1 1 2 . 1 1 . . .
NIH 3 . . . . 3 3 . . .
DowChemcal 3 . . . . 2 2 . 1 1
U of California, San Francisco 3 . 1 1 . . . 1 1 2
LLNL 3 . 1 1 . . . 1 1 2
Chevron 3 . 1 1 . 2 2 . . .
Fed Inst of Tech, Lausanne 2 . . . . 1 1 . 1 1
Harvard U 2 . 1 1 . . . . 1 1
IBM 2 . . . . 1 1 . 1 1
Princeton U 2 . . . 1 1 2 . . .
Bris/Meyer 2 . 1 1 . 1 1 . . .
U of Wisconsin-Madison 2 . 1 1 . . . . 1 1
U of California, Los Angeles 2 . 1 1 . 1 1 . . .
Genentech 2 1 . 1 . 1 1 . . .
U Toronto Canada 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
Prince Edward Canada 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
Other 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
Uppsala U Sweden 1 . 1 1 . . . . . .
Tech U of Denmark 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
U of Paris VI France 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
U of Utrecht Netherland 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
Hebrew U of Jerusalem Israel 1 1 . 1 . . . . . .
U of Queensland Australia 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
Boston U 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
Invst/Bnk 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
NY other 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
Bell Labs 1 . 1 1 . . . . . .
U of Pennsylvania U PA 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
U of Pittsburg PA 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
Carnegie-Mellon U PA 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
Purdue U 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
Northwestern U IL 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
Argonne 1 1 . 1 . . . . . .
U of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
UMN TwinC 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
Auburn U AL 1 . 1 1 . . . . . .
U of Wyoming 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
U of Colorado at Boulder 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
Brigham Young U UT 1 . 1 1 . . . . . .
U of Washington 1 . . . . 1 1 . . .
U of California, Davis 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
U of California, Santa Barbara 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
U of California, Santa Cruz 1 . . . 1 . 1 . . .
Stanford U 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1
Hospital 1 . . . . . . . 1 1
California Western Law 1 . . . . . . 1 . 1