I’m doing a PhD in mathematics at one of the world-leading universities. I spend a lot of time engaging in science communication: both speaking (talks for general audience, some of them quite successful) and writing (popular science blog, I started to publish also in some magazines). Even though I enjoy maths a lot, I prefer communicating it to non-mathematicians much more.
Would getting a job in science communication as opposed to continuing research or working in industry be a “waste” of PhD? Also, would I need a degree in journalism or science communication to be considered a serious candidate for jobs in popular science or media? I’ve done some research online but it seems that there aren’t many scientists (not to mention mathematicians) with a PhD who would focus their career on communicating science.

During the past twenty years, I was a lecturer in various colleges and universities in my hometown with my MS degree. Ten years ago, I became a lecturer at a university (somewhat a more secure job) and six years ago, I became a Ph.D. student. Currently, I am graduating with 3 journal papers. One of this papers submitted to a high impact journal and others are good journals in JCR Q1 journals list. I am 45 and my field is computer science (Machine learning) and I have years of teaching experience in computer science in undergraduate courses.

My question: What’s the best I can do to obtain a good job in US, Canada, or Europe? Can I find a Postdoc in good universities? and if yes is it a good idea given my situation? I have a wife and a 6 years old girl.

I’m a PhD student in the (probably) final third of my work, and I’m in the comfortable position that I have two options to continue my doctoral efforts for the next two years.

The problem is: the job offered by my supervisor is probably related to project work that has nothing to do with my dissertation. The other position is in another department of the university with another professor but fits very well thematically to my doctoral thesis.

What option could I choose here so that

  • my supervisor is not embarrassed if I refuse his offer and

  • my doctoral thesis is finished successfully and in time?

I have been offered a temporary (3 years) post doc in Australia with a salary and superannuation.

As an American,

  • Can I access this money? Is there a penalty?
  • Can I transfer it to a tax-advantaged American account?
  • Is it held in an investment vehicle? Can I choose it?
  • If I do not retire in Australia, can I still let it sit in an Australian investment vehicle until I am retirement age and then withdraw from it?

Only a small fraction of PhD graduates in STEM end up as (tenured) professors. For example, see this question and plenty of other material on the internet.

Many PhD graduates end up wokring in government or industry. Some of those are research positions where a PhD is valued if not required (perhaps the specialisation is less important), but I also know STEM PhD graduates who work as programmers (quite common), as a miner, in the military, or as a reindeer herder (yes).

Within STEM, what fraction of PhD graduates end up in jobs for which a PhD is a requirement? And what fraction in jobs for which it is considered valuable, even if not required?

In order not to muddy the waters with graduates doing postdocs still hoping for an academic career before giving up, let’s consider the first long-term (5 years+) position or whatever they’re doing 10 years after completing the PhD.

Apologies if this isn’t a correct website to ask. But I’m a UK student applying to study Chemistry at university mostly because I’m good at the subject and I enjoy learning the applications of what it can bring to us in the future like nanotechnology. I applied to UCL (Chemistry with Managment), Durham, Manchester, Bath and Warwick. I intend to get into a career in finance or IB possibly but not too sure yet.

I’ve recently decided to take a year off to see what I actually want to do with life and also just to relax after being burnt out over countless times and travel.

I think most of my problem is because of the fact that I take other people into account of chemistry and not just block them off.

So I just want to know what I can do with a Chemistry degree?

It seems that I can’t find any evidence of just teaching positions in universities across Europe, aside from the temporary position for a semester or two. I am mainly interested in Italy, France, Switzterland but let’s make this a bit more broad so it applies to more people.

Every job ad I have seen requests publications and then asks to have a strong research agenda, raise funding, etc.

Do those positions still exists in Biology/Environmental Sciences and related fields? Or perhaps positions with minimal research pressure?

This is in reference to my question: How to do a PhD to equip myself for a job as assistant professor.

I was told in the answer and in the comments that chances of landing a job as an assistant professor are quite slim. Very few people will actually get a job.
An article of 2014 shows only 3% of PhD graduates actually get a job.

But I have two questions:

  1. Why do so many people still apply for a PhD in some reputed institutes in India even knowing the harsh reality? I found there are 1500 applications for four PhD scholarship positions.

    • One answer says that people move to industry, but I still don’t understand how after doing a PhD in suppose differential geometry or algebraic geometry one can do a job in industry if he/she gets no position as an assistant professor.
  2. Are people jobless after a PhD?
    Completion of a PhD requires so much effort. So why is there no value after doing it?

NOTE

I am updating the question as the answer with most votes has not met my requirements and maybe he/others can add something significant.

I don’t understand how my application consisting of a PhD in Complex Analysis/Geometry would fit into something like Finance/Consulting.
Won’t people with a degree in Finance get more advantage than me.

This is in reference to my question: How to do a PhD to equip myself for a job as assistant professor.

I was told in the answer and in the comments that chances of landing a job as an assistant professor are quite slim. Very few people will actually get a job.
An article of 2014 shows only 3% of PhD graduates actually get a job.

But I have two questions:

  • Why do so many people still apply for a PhD in some reputed institutes in India even knowing the harsh reality? I found there are 1500 applications for four PhD scholarship positions.

  • The answer says people move to industry. I still don’t understand how after doing a PhD in suppose differential geometry or algebraic geometry one can do a job in industry if he/she gets no position as an assistant professor.

  • Are people jobless after a PhD?
    Completion of a PhD requires so much effort. So why is there no value after doing it?

NOTE

I am updating the question as the answer with most votes has not met my requirements and maybe he/others can add something significant.

I don’t understand how my application consisting of a PhD in Complex Analysis/Geometry would fit into something like Finance/Consulting.
Won’t people with a degree in Finance get more advantage in me.

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This is in reference to my question: How to do a PhD to equip myself for a job as assistant professor.

I was told in the answer and in the comments that chances of landing a job as an assistant professor is quite slim. Very few people will actually get a job.
An article of 2014 shows only 3% of PhD graduates actually get a job.

But I have two questions:

  • Why do so many people still apply for a PhD in some reputed institutes in India even knowing the harsh reality? I found there are 1500 applications for four PhD scholarship positions.

  • The answer says people move to industry. I still don’t understand how after doing a PhD in suppose say differential geometry or algebraic geometry one can do a job in industry if he/she gets no position as an assistant professor.

  • Are people jobless after a PhD?
    Completion of a PhD requires so much effort. So why is there no value after doing it?