Jobs Outside Academia for PhD’S


Do you have a PhD and are now thinking about exploring non-academic career options? The key is being open to applying your skills, abilities and interests in a wide variety of positions and industries.

Here are resources to help!

ImaginePhD:  A career exploration and planning tool for BOTH Masters and PhD students/alumni  in the humanities and social sciences. Check it out at

PhDs at Work: Similar to LinkedIn, this site,, caters chiefly to PhDs searching for job opportunities in non-academic fields.  Narratives are shared in essay form, and there are informative podcasts available. Networking with members is supported.

Versatile PhD:  Take a look at Versatile PhD,  for information and resources.  It is dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD’s in humanities, social science and STEM.

Explore Options:  Attend a Connecting DU or Mentor for a Moment Event! These are fun and casual ways to meet alumni and friends of DU that are in a variety of positions and industries.  To see upcoming events: (see Events).

Federal Jobs: Check out! The government has plenty of available options across the US and around the world for PhD’s. Examples of the many departments and agencies that hire include the National Institute of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office.

Career and Professional Development is here to help you in exploring options outside academia! We will also work with you on revising your resume/CV and practicing your interviewing skills. Schedule an appointment by going to Pioneer Careers (see Appointments).

By Patty Hickman
Patty Hickman Director, Graduate Career & Professional Development