What do arts and humanities researchers do?
Destinations at a glance
Of UK-domiciled A&H doctoral graduates who responded to the DLHE survey and were working in the UK over 2003–2007
- 67% were employed in the education sector (49% across all disciplines)
- 48% entered ‘education and teaching’ occupations (22% across all disciplines)
- 27% entered HE lecturing roles (14% across all disciplines)
- 20% was working in research roles (35% across all disciplines)
- 45% was working as research staff in higher education (23% across all disciplines)
- 14% worked in ‘Other sectors’, including the cultural and recreation sectors (5 across all disciplines)
Of UK-domiciled A&H doctoral respondents to the DLHE survey
- 4% went abroad over 2003–2007 (7% across all disciplines)
- The unemployment rate (3.4% in 2007) was consistently lower than for A&H first-degree graduates (6.8%) and masters graduates (4.4%)
More career ideas
Investigate where former researchers in your department or institution are now working.
The following career profiles are useful in terms of gaining ideas on destinations.
Áine – music – publications officer
Alison – history – teacher
Harriet – English – research fellow
Sarah – French – university lecturer
Emma – musicology – administrator
- Fiona – medieval studies – teacher
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