Great topic [“What Does a Scientific Career Look Like?”] to focus on and keep going as a series, and that pie chart really connects NICHD trainees to the real world. It's better than just seeing the trend of US trainees in aggregate. NIH trainees are no different than others when it comes to career paths. Well, I am impressed that 20 percent go on to academic research, which is at least two times better than national trends. But are these independent PIs or trainees doing postdocs elsewhere? That information would be useful.
Dr. Kristofor Langlais, NIH health science policy analyst
Regarding the alumni data, “academic research” is for all of the research support (non-faculty) positions, and “professorship” refers to fellows who are faculty members for both teaching and/or research-intensive institutions. Lecturers, science teachers, and instructors were placed under science education, whereas the “professorship” category is only for faculty positions—but for various types of institutions, including community colleges and teaching-based and research-intensive universities. The data is from all trainee levels since 2008: postbacs, grad students, postdocs, visiting and clinical fellows.
Dr. Yvette Pittman, Associate Director, NICHD Office of Education