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Introduction Chapter 1: Precollege Education Chapter 2: Undergraduate Enrollment Chapter 3: Undergraduate Degrees Chapter 4: Graduate Enrollment Chapter 5: Graduate Degrees Chapter 6: Employment Technical Notes Appendix Tables
Chapter Contents:
Overview
Master's degrees
Doctorates
Sources of financial support
Demographic characteristics
Satisfaction with field of doctoral program
Postgraduation plans and postdoctoral fellowships
References
 
Sidebars
Appendix Tables
List of Figures
Presentation Slides

Graduate Degrees

Satisfaction with field of doctoral program

One indicator of satisfaction with degree field is the answer to this question: "If you had the chance to do it over again, how likely is it that you would choose the same field of study for your highest degree?" When asked this in a 1997 follow-up survey of recent S&E doctorate recipients (those who had received their doctorates between 1992 and 1997), 17 percent said they were "not at all likely" to choose the same field of study. Satisfaction or dissatisfaction with choice of field of study varied by race/ethnicity and by disability status. Men and women differed little in their responses to the question. Asians were least likely of all racial/ethnic groups to respond that they were very likely to choose the same field—in S&E as a whole, and within each major S&E field. Among recent S&E doctoral recipients, 40 percent of Asians and between 52 and 56 percent of members of other racial/ethnic groups reported being "very likely" to choose the same field of study if they had the chance to do it over again. Similarly, recent doctoral recipients with disabilities were less likely than those without disabilities to respond that they would choose the same field—in S&E as a whole, and within each major S&E field. (See appendix table 5-27.)



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