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At what age did you obtain/ plan to obtain Ph.d.

  1. 20 or younger

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
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  7. 26

    4 vote(s)
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  9. 28

    5 vote(s)
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  10. 29

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  11. 30

    5 vote(s)
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    2 vote(s)
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  16. 35

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  19. 38 or 39

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  20. 40 or older

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. Nov 18, 2009 #1
    To those of you in physics, what age did you obtain ph.d. ? And to those of you who didn't get ph.d. yet, what age do you anticipate in getting it?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 18, 2009 #2
    I was 28 when I obtained mine.

    You do know that the AIP keeps statistics on this for physics PhDs right?
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  4. Nov 18, 2009 #3
    I didn't know about it. Can you give me a link?
     
  5. Nov 19, 2009 #4
    I think it's better to get as soon as possible
     
  6. Nov 19, 2009 #5
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=aip+physics+phd" [Broken]
     
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  7. Nov 20, 2009 #6
    Well, google search gives all sorts of things, and when I looked none of them gave me the age statistics I was looking for.
     
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  8. Nov 20, 2009 #7
    That's not necessary, or helpful.

    http://www.aip.org/statistics/

    There's the AIP statistics page, but I didn't see anything about ages. It's possible you can dig something up on that site with the search function, though. At least it's a place to start.
     
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  9. Nov 20, 2009 #8
    Only that
    http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/highlite/emp/figure14.htm

    Helpful site though, if I confront the medium salaries of Ph.D graduates with ones from Italy I get depressed :(

    Anyway I plan to finish as 26/27 years old (depending on when will be the examination. In fact I get the grant to the day before my 27 birthday, but I cannot decide the examination day! ;) Could be a couple of month before or a couple months later... )
     
  10. Nov 22, 2009 #9
    How are PhD's that finished their studies at ages around 35 viewed upon by potential employers/academia? Are some of the doors closed due to one's age or at least significantly harder to crack open?
     
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