Diverse Career Paths for Grad Students and PostDocs


VPhD is an online community of graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe.

A graduate degree can prepare you for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. UC Davis students and scholars work in non-profits, corporations, government agencies, and as consultants.

UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have found successful and rewarding careers outside academia in publishing, public policy, online curriculum design, biotechnology and biopharma, environmental design and planning, science writing, sustainable development, media and communications, event planning, performing arts, product management, health care services, patent law, medical writing and more.

Job Search Steps

Basic steps for preparing for and securing a position beyond the academy include: