In addition to Demography Department core faculty and Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, a larger group of affiliated faculty from other departments and schools participate in instruction and dissertation supervision; they have a permanent representative in the departmental governance. In addition, distinguished visitors teach in the department.
The graduate student population is well balanced, with almost equal numbers of women and men (fluctuations occur with each incoming class). About half of these students are international scholars from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The Department's graduation rate is above 90%.
Graduates of the Demography programs at UC Berkeley have found positions in academic institutions such as Harvard University, Indiana University, Cornell University, University of California (Irvine and Berkeley), University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (Austin), University of Navarre (Spain), Hebrew University (Israel), Princeton University, University of Wisconsin (Madison), Madrid University (Spain), Beijing University (P.R. China), etc.; at research institutes such as Mountain View Research, National Institute of Population and Social Research (Japan), National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED, France), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Public Policy Institute of California, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany), etc.; in state and federal government atthe National Research Council, US Agency for International Development, US Census Bureau, Office of California Statewide Health Planning, etc.; as well as private and public foundations, such as Kaiser Permanente.
The academic program in demography begins with regularly scheduled courses and seminars. They are augmented by individually designed reading courses, departmental colloquia and lecture series, personal advising and supervision by the graduate adviser and faculty members, as well as informal study groups with peers. Research assistantships, financed through faculty research grants, complement academic courses in developing professional skills. Teaching assistantships help to develop teaching abilities and credentials.