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Working As A Doctoral Student

  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • $56,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Doctoral Student does

  • Graduate studies (PhD) in Psychology
  • Evaluated enzyme molecular weight with gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.
  • Participated in data collection, coding, and evaluating.
  • Verified targets genes by developing numerous quantitative RT-PCR and PCR assays.
  • Assisted and mentored foreign students and visiting professors.
  • Demonstrated MWD synthesis using 1D and 2D NMR, ESI MS, MALDI MS, combustion, UV-Vis, and PL.
  • Performed measurements on samples using TEM, SEM, EDS, RAMAN, and other tools.
  • Trained new students in molecular biology techniques.
  • Stabilized liposome via 'click' chemistry.
  • Pursued Doctorate in Operations Research and Decision Theory at NUS.
  • Worked with wild type HIV cultures in BSL-3 environment.
  • Research: numerical simulation in statistical physics with Monte Carlo, FORTRAN and Python.
  • Detected intermediates by analytical tools (NMR, HPLC, GC, UV-visible, IR etc.)
  • Worked with Eli Lilly on an experimental Alzheimer's prototype drug
  • Major projects under advisor Dr. David J. Segal.
  • Reinforced and expanded my knowledge of the neurosciences.
  • Assembled by using TEG and MEG welding CADD DESIGN PROJECT Balsa Wood Glider.
  • Administered suicide risk assessments, COPSD assessments, and other assessment batteries (MMPI, PAI, WAIS, EXIT-25).
  • Plant Physiology lab, Biology Dept, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Investigated the microtubule and F-actin responses in root of Zea mays L. induced by La3+ uptake using confocal microscopy

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Average Length of Employment
Doctoral Student 4.0 years
Doctoral Fellow 2.9 years
PHD Researcher 2.9 years
Postdoc Fellow 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Researcher 1.5 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Doctoral Student
Internship 12.1%
Master 6.1%
Researcher 4.9%
Instructor 3.7%
Volunteer 3.5%
Tutor 2.2%
Lecturer 2.0%
Teacher 1.8%
Fellow 1.8%
Top Careers After Doctoral Student
Internship 5.3%
Scientist 4.6%
Instructor 4.0%
Volunteer 2.6%
Consultant 2.5%
Lecturer 2.3%
Researcher 2.1%

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Top Skills for A Doctoral Student

  1. Protein
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Biology
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  • Worked collaboratively with other members of the laboratory to examine the biological function of a family of proteins implicated in disease.
  • Mentored and instructed undergraduate students and laboratory technicians in cell culture methods and small animal dissection laboratory techniques and experiment design.
  • Participated in weekly review of peers research and interesting novel publications in the field of microbiology and immunology.
  • Collected data from records and conducted basic research - Participated in team research projects and conduct individual research, including library research
  • Experience in determining the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of molecules and reactions using computational chemistry.

Doctoral Student Demographics

Gender

Male

40.8%

Female

36.9%

Unknown

22.3%
Ethnicity

White

47.2%

Asian

25.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.9%

French

17.4%

Chinese

12.0%

German

8.5%

Mandarin

7.7%

Russian

5.4%

Arabic

4.8%

Portuguese

3.4%

Italian

3.1%

Japanese

2.8%

Korean

2.3%

Cantonese

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Swahili

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Amharic

0.9%
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Doctoral Student Education

Schools

University of California - San Diego

7.3%

Grand Valley State University

6.9%

University of Pennsylvania

6.0%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Johns Hopkins University

5.8%

Ohio State University

5.6%

Stanford University

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.2%

University of California - Davis

5.2%

University of Washington

5.0%

The Academy

4.8%

Walden University

4.8%

Cornell University

4.6%

New York University

4.4%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Boston University

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%
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Majors

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

14.6%

Chemistry

9.8%

Biology

9.1%

Microbiology

7.6%

Neuroscience

5.5%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

4.6%

Business

4.3%

Physiology And Anatomy

4.0%

Psychology

4.0%

Physics

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Clinical Psychology

3.5%

Pharmacy

3.5%

Genetics

3.5%

Biomedical Engineering

3.3%

Pharmacology

3.2%

Biomedical Sciences

3.2%

Computer Science

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%
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Degrees

Doctorate

61.7%

Masters

16.9%

Bachelors

10.8%

Other

8.7%

Certificate

1.1%

Associate

0.6%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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