Employer of choice for scientists

According to a recent survey, the Max Planck Society is the most popular employer among biologists, chemists and physicists

May 08, 2012

Where would you like to work after you graduate? This was a question put to 23,000 German students in all semesters and disciplines at a total of 107 universities. According to the “Universum Student Survey 2012”, the Max Planck Society (MPG) is the favourite with scientists: a total of 32.9% of all students would like to work for Germany’s most successful research organisation, 20.4% at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and 19.5% at Bayer.

The Max Planck Society has been the undisputed number one since 2008, and is in good company, with Audi topping the list with economics students at 17.6%, closely followed by BMW (15.8%) and Porsche (13.3%). With engineering students, Audi again held the pole position at 24.5%, followed by BMW (22.2%) and Siemens (23%). Informatics students would like to work for the search machine operator Google, which was the most popular choice of those asked at 32.5%, followed by Microsoft (21.3%) and Apple (17.8%).

The MPG placed in the top 20 with engineering and computing students again this year. The research organisation came in at 18th place for engineering students with 4.7% of all those polled and 15th place for the IT sector. The formal presentation of the certificates took place on 26 April 2012 in Berlin. The result was published in the printed edition of Wirtschaftswoche on 30 April 2012.


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