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Non-Academic Job Search

Whether by choice or by need, many graduate students find themselves looking outside academe for jobs. Here are some directions and resources for the Non-Academic Job search.

How to figure out your Plan A, B, or C

Make an appointment with your Career Advisor and/or read some of these articles:

- How Academics Can Avoid 5 Fatal Mistakes in the Job Hunt
- Every Ph.D. Needs a Plan B
- The Bridge to Somewhere
- Transferring Skills into Career Options
- Recasting Yourself for Non-Academic Jobs


An Excellent General Resource

The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students who are interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe.


Selected Humanities and Social
Sciences Websites

Developing a Nonacademic Career (Modern Language Association)

Beyond Academe (geared toward history graduates in particular)

Career Alternatives for Art Historians (specifically for art history)

The Linguist List (Academic and professional positions for linguists)

Sell Out: a resource for PhDs considering careers beyond the university

Non-Academic Careers for Psychologists (American Psychological Association)

Careers in Anthropology (American Anthropological Association)


Selected Science and Math Websites

My Science Career (AAAS Science Magazine)

The Nonacademic Job Market for Mathematicians (scroll down to find specific information from the American Mathematical Society)

BioSpace (Biotechnology and Pharmacology)

ICrunchData (technology, data, and analytics jobs)


Selected Other Websites

UMass Amherst CareerConnect (UMass Amherst Career Services’ job and internship database)

Going Global – worldwide jobs and internships database (enter through UMass Amherst CareerConnect)

USAjobs.gov (official site for jobs with the United States government)

Idealist.org (nonprofit jobs and internships with organizations around the world)

NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks (links to research institutes in more than 50 countries)

Guru.com (“the world’s largest marketplace for freelance talent")

OnAssignment.com (temporary and temp-to-perm positions in clinical research, lab support, and healthcare)

Job Opportunities in the UN System

Carney Sandoe (K-12 private school recruiter)


Versatile PhD