Doctoral Scientists and Engineers: 1999 Profiles


In continuing the series of reporting on the demographic and employment profile of doctorate-level scientists and engineers in the United States, this set of profile tables was produced to complement the data tables in the Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers: 1999 report from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR). SDR is a longitudinal panel survey of individuals who have received their doctorates mainly in the sciences or engineering fields.

Unlike the general employment and demographic characteristics presented in the Characteristics report series, these profile tables focus on the survey data, which provide more detailed profiles of the employed doctoral scientists and engineers. These profiles include reasons for making certain choices in employment situations, work-related activities, and special-module data collected in 1999, such as recent doctoral recipients' experiences in finding first career-path job and evaluation of doctoral training.

The 1999 SDR is the 14th in a series of surveys initiated in 1973 in response to the needs of the Federal Government for demographic and employment information on scientists and engineers trained at the doctoral level. This 1999 survey was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of the SDR, since its inception, has been to estimate the number of people holding research doctorates from U.S. institutions in science and engineering and residing in the United States and to characterize their demographic and employment patterns.

The sampling frame for the SDR is the Doctorate Records File (DRF), a census of all research doctorates earned in the United States since 1920. The SDR sample for 1999 was 40,000. The data in these tables focus on those doctorates who earned their degrees in science or engineering fields from U.S. institutions prior to June 1998 and who were age 75 or younger and residing in the United States in April 1999. The estimated size of this population is 626,700.

For more information on the survey methodology, see Section II of the Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers: 1999 report. For further information, please contact:

Kelly H. Kang
Human Resources Statistics Program
Division of Science Resources Statistics
National Science Foundation, Room 965
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7796

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