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Science PhD Career Preferences: Levels, Changes, and Advisor Encouragement

Figure 2

Most attractive career path (full sample; ties possible).

Respondents rated the attractiveness of each career path on a 5-point scale. Figure 2 shows the share of respondents who gave their highest rating to a particular career. For example, 53% of life sciences PhD students gave their highest attractiveness rating to the faculty research career. Since careers were rated independently, careers can be tied (i.e., receive the same attractiveness score).

Figure 2