EKT’s new edition: Careers and Mobility of Doctorate Holders in Greece

Some really important conclusions were reached as a result of the new research done by the National Documentation Centre “Careers and Mobility of Doctorate Holders in Greece" – Edition 2015. From December 2014 EKT participated in the most recent OECD global survey, the ‘International Survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders – CDH’ with 2013 as the survey year of reference.

The first chapter presents data on the basic characteristics of doctorate holders (age, countries awarding their degrees, scientific field and sources of funding for studies). The second chapter analyses the employment status of doctorate holders (employed / unemployed / inactive), with regard to gender, scientific field, year of graduation, employment sectors, occupation and research activity. The third chapter lists data on professional and international mobility of doctorate holders, the countries and reasons for mobility, as well as intended mobility in 2015. The fourth chapter includes the main methodological notes. 

Τhe main conclusions can be summarized here as follows: 
• The total number of doctorate holders meeting the criteria of the CDH survey for 2013 in Greece was 35,457. This figure meant Greece was 11th out of the 24 countries participating in the CDH survey.
• There were 13,793 women doctorate holders, i.e. 38.9% of the total number. The highest percentage of women doctorate holders (45.1%) was in the ‘under   35’ age group with this number decreasing with the increase in age group, indicating the greater participation of younger women.
• The majority of doctorate holders, 86.2%, received their doctoral award from Greek universities. 11.2% graduated from other countries in the European Union, the leading countries being the United Kingdom (UK), France and Germany, while 2.4% were from North American countries, mainly the United States of America (USA).
• The most popular scientific fields were ‘Medical & Health Sciences’ (26.7%) and ‘Natural Sciences’ (21.9%).
• The main sources of funding for doctoral studies were: ‘personal savings and support from spouse, partner or family’ (23.6%), ‘fellowship or scholarship within Greece’ (23.1%), ‘other occupation’ (21.5%) and ‘teaching and/or research assistantship’ (17.4%).
• The average age of those gaining a doctorate was 38 and, more precisely, 37 for men and 38 for women. The highest average for the age of graduation was recorded for the scientific fields ‘Medical & Health Sciences’, the ‘Humanities’ and ‘Social Sciences’.

EKT participated in the most recent OECD global survey, the ‘International Survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders – CDH’ from December 2014 with the survey year of reference 2013.