Career outcomes of biomedical trainees will become increasingly important as the NIH and other funders begin tying grant dollars to career development programming and alumni outcomes. In response to this demand, a three-tiered Unified Career Taxonomy was created in August 2017 by a coalition of policy makers, faculty administrators, and program directors. UC Irvine was a member of this coalition and in the figures below we depict the career outcomes of GPS-BIOMED alumni utilizing the new taxonomy.
Tier 1, Job Sector, divides employment into four workforce sectors including: Academia, Government, For-Profit and Nonprofit. The largest percentage (47%) of GPS-BIOMED alumni is employed in the For-Profit sector followed by 38% employed in academia. Tier 2, Career Type, describes the type of work or training alumni are currently doing. 84% of GPS-BIOMED alumni are utilizing their research training and are employed in primary research careers (57%) or science-related careers (27%). Smaller numbers are employed in primary teaching roles (n = 5) or pursuing further education/training such as medical school, AAAS fellowships and data science fellowships (n=4).
Tier 3 classifies alumni job function. 21 job functions were selected for the career taxonomy and 17 of those functions are listed in the table above. Job functions that are not depicted (due to an n of 0) include: administration, clinical services, healthcare provider and science education and outreach. In Tier 2 we saw that 61 GPS-BIOMED alumni (57%) were employed in primary research careers. Tier 3 further breaks down this group into the following job functions: Postdoctoral (31%; n = 33), Research staff or technical director (25%; n = 27), and Group leader or PI (1%; n = 1). Additionally, over one third (35%) of our alumni have job functions spanning business development, intellectual property law, and science communications (see table for exact numbers).