Non-Faculty Jobs

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small graphic of a magnifying glass Unsure about whether a faculty job is a good fit for you? You have options! Many PhDs go on to find career satisfaction in non-academic or alt-ac jobs. These resources present some possibilities for non-faculty jobs, including strategies for non-academic job searches.

Defining Terms. Alt-ac careers, or alternative academic careers, can be an excellent possibility for those who wish to remain inside the academy but off the tenure track. This blog post offers multiple resources for those interested in exploring alt-ac careers.

U-M's Humanities PhD Project. This site offers many resources for graduate students' career explorations.

Ten Simple Rules for Choosing Between Industry and Academia. This editorial from PLOS Computational Biology helps science PhDs assess the choice between industry and academia.

What Can I Do With a Ph.D. in My Discipline Outside Academe? Consider your skills and knowledge when thinking about jobs outside your discipline.

Rackham: Professional Development. Rackham supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in developing strategies, plans, and networks to be successful in their professional development during their Michigan experience, and as they transition into their careers. Their resources focus on three key areas: Core Skill Development, Career Exploration, and Job Search Skill Development. Look here for a wide variety of resources, including career profiles of Rackham alums.

Non-Academic Job Search. U-M's Career Center offers a wide range of advice for PhDs who are seeking non-academic jobs.

Moving In and Out of Academe. This video from the 2014 PFF Conference features panelists who have STEM experience in both industry and faculty jobs. They share insights about moving into faculty positions from industry positions and vice versa:

  • Tershia Pinder-Grover, Assistant Director and Co-Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, CRLT
  • John Allison, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, U-M
  • Deborah Heyl-Clegg, Professor of Chemistry, Eastern Michigan University
  • Diane Peters, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University
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