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Career support and career outcomes

As a UMSI PhD student, you have access to substantial professional career support both within UMSI (faculty advisor and UMSI Career Development Office) as well as across the University (Rackham Graduate School and the UM Career Center). Through these offices, you will have access to professional career coaching, resources, workshops, alumni and professional connections, and more to support both academic and industry career pathways.

PhD academic career support

Faculty advisors

  • Career planning
  • Dissertation advising
  • Academic job search preparation (developing packet, interview prep, presentation support)
  • Networking

Rackham Graduate School

PhD industry career support

UMSI Career Development Office

  • Industry career coaching
  • Resume reviews (CV to resume conversion)
  • Job postings on iTrack
  • Employer connections
  • Job search resources
  • Career/professional development workshops  

We can also connect you with VersatilePhD, a web-based career platform for PhD students pursuing industry careers. With this tool you can access instructive content, network, job analytics, job postings and readiness tools. 

University Career Center

  • Advising and resource support: CV reviews, industry job search and job postings
  • PhD industry career coach

Career outcomes

UMSI PhD graduates continue to succeed in both academic and industry careers. 

Over the past five years, 98% of graduates reported jobs in their field of choice, and 95% reported high levels of career satisfaction

Academic outcomes

  • Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Biomedical Informatics
  • Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, Information & Media Studies
  • Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Assistant Professor, University of Indiana, School of Informatics
  • Assistant Professor, National Chio Tung University
  • Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Biomedical Informatics
  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information
  • Research Fellow, University of Michigan School of Information
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, New York University AI Now Institute
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University College London, Interaction Centre
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Toronto
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Computer Science
  • Postdoctoral Associate University of Minnesota, Computer Science

Industry outcomes

  • Data Scientist, Uber
  • Sr Data Scientist, Headspace
  • UX Researcher, Google 
  • UX Researcher, Robinhood Financial
  • UX Researcher, Facebook
  • Head of Research & Experimentation, Vanguard