- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Higher education teaching and lecturing
Higher education teaching and lecturing
HE Lecturing and Teaching is a key aspirational destination for doctoral graduates three to four years following doctoral graduation [All data unless otherwise stated comes from ‘What do researchers? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on.' ]. A full explanation and list of roles can be found in the ‘What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on. Methodology'.
Three and a half years after graduation, just over 1 in 5 (22%) doctoral graduates are in an HE teaching or lecturing occupation. This cluster is dominated by arts and humanities and social science graduates. Half (50%) of all arts and humanities doctoral graduates and 47% of social science doctoral graduates were in one of these roles three and a half years after graduating, whilst only 7% of their biological science counterparts were in this cluster.
Most doctoral graduates in this cluster are employed on permanent contracts (84%). 53% earned between £30,001 and £40,000 three and a half years after graduation, and 26% between £40,001 and £50,000
Doctoral graduates in this cluster were most likely to have found their job through professional, work or educational contacts or networks (36%), with a significant proportion having already been working for the institution before acquiring their most recent roles (30%). They were more likely than the doctoral average to have found their job via a newspaper or magazine advert (27%)
Most doctoral graduates in these occupations reported that they use the detailed knowledge they gained through their degrees at least some of the time (87%), and nearly all report being able to use their research and generic skills in their jobs and that they have autonomy in their job.81% have supervisory responsibility at least some of the time. It is important to remember that roles of this nature now often require well-developed interpersonal skills. Nearly all feel they are innovative in their roles (94%). Finally, three and a half years after graduating, 98% of doctoral graduates working in HE teaching and lecturing occupations feel that their current role represents progress towards their long-term career goals
The occupations illustrated for this cluster represent the most common roles undertaken by doctoral graduates.