Advancing Australia’s Knowledge Economy: Who are the top PhD employers?

The Australian PhD space has suffered from a persistent lack of data on graduate aims and outcomes. CSIRO Data61’s, Australia’s leading job-matching platform for university students, has partnered with AMSI to uncover where our PhD graduates are – and where they want to be.

The results are striking: no longer the sole domain of academia, Australia’s PhD graduates are ambitious and ready to work in innovative industries.

  • There are significant opportunities for Australia’s PhDs to work with startups and innovative Australian high‐growth employers. Programs like APR Intern and marketplaces like Ribit are opening the talent pipeline – helping more PhD talent translate into growing businesses, creating more Australian jobs and boosting economic prosperity.
  • More than 50% of Australian PhD students aim to work in business or the public sector once they graduate. 
  • And nearly half of PhD graduates are succeeding – finding employment in businesses, government and the non‐profit sector.
  • This is meeting increasing demand right across Australian industry, with some of Australia’s most competitive firms recruiting from a wide range of disciplines.
  • 19 out of the 20 largest ASX listed companies now have PhD graduates among their senior executive teams. 
  • And while employment in existing growth sectors including finance and mining is strong, PhD skills are also helping grow emerging sectors – including media and the green economy – which are employing significant numbers.

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Check out some of the media coverage:
The Australian: ‘Digital disrupters snapping up PhDs’
The Australian Financial Review: ‘PhD students want jobs in business, not universities’