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RATHENAU INSTITUTE: MOST DOCTORATE HOLDERS WORK OUTSIDE ACADEMIA

DUTCH DOCTORATE HAS VALUE IN EMPLOYABILITY SURVEY

Holding a Dutch doctorate is a bonus that will improve labour market perspectives in the Netherlands. It is one of the main conclusions in the research report ‘De zin van promoveren’ (Dutch) that was recently published by the Rathenau Instituut.  

Is getting a PhD in the Netherlands worth wile? The answer is: absolutely. The Rathenau report, a survey based on analysis of micro data sets of 16.000 doctorate holders in the period 1992 – 2014 by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), shows that doctorate holders strongly benefit from their scientific title and background. Data sets were gathered at the request of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an effort in order to facilitate comparative, international research.

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Thirty percent of the 16.000 PhD’s is working at a Dutch university or university medical center. About 70 percent has a career in private or public sectors. Unemployment hardly occurs. PhD’s working outside the Dutch science arena, make use of their scientific knowledge and research skills. Doing research is a major part in current work and is also required to fulfill job responsibilities in the future.

The large majority of surveyed PhD’s is happy with the current working situation and would again choose to get a degree in the Netherlands.

The Rathenau Instituut performs research relating to the societal aspects of science, innovation and new technologies. Like to learn more about the work of the Rathenau Instituut? Visit their website here.