Mission Statement

MISSION
The UAB Graduate Careers Awareness and Trends is dedicated to fostering a greater awareness of career opportunities outside academia.

FOUNDING
The founder of our group, Jimmy Reddoch, presented an overview of the UAB Graduate Careers Awareness and Trends and its objectives in poster form at the 1996 National Convocation on Doctoral Education at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

WHY DO YOU NEED THE UAB Graduate Careers Awareness and Trends?

  • Science has become increasingly characterized by interactions between academia and industry.
  • There is also a need for scientists in sectors such as government, law, education, and the media.
  • Graduate students face tough competition for academic positions
  • They often lack information about career options
  • Students need a better understanding of industry and other non-academic careers to compete for and succeed in these fields.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY?
The National Research Council's (NRC) report, Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers, states, "over the long term, demand for graduate scientists and engineers in business and industry is increasing."

Sheila Tobias, a writer and critic of science education, notes in The Scientist that, "People who have dual specialties--in science and business, for example--are so valuable to industry that a new term has been coined to describe them. They're known as 'gold-collar workers'... Scientists and the community that trains them should consider distributing science-trained professionals into a variety of sectors of the economy, both because it will add to the number of students willing to major in science and, more importantly, because it will place people who have experienced science positively into the power centers."

Summarizing the NRC report, The Journal of NIH Research comments, "The days when most Ph.D.s went on to become research or teaching faculty are long gone. In 1991, only 42% of the total graduate pool and 46.5% of new life sciences Ph.D.s held academic jobs five to eight years after receiving their degrees. Of the three major sectors that employ Ph.D.s--academia, government, and industry--only industry is growing."