Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates: 2001

General Notes


This report presents data from the National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG) on the characteristics of men and women who received a bachelor's or master's degree in a science or engineering field from U.S. academic institutions during the 1998–1999 and 1999–2000 academic years. The data were collected in 2001 and 2002 and reflect the status of individuals as of April 2001. In addition to the demographic characteristics of recent college graduates with science and engineering (S&E) degrees, the NSRCG data may be used to understand the employment experiences of recent S&E graduates, such as the extent to which recent graduates entered the labor force, whether they were able to find employment, and the attributes of that employment.

Results of the NSRCG survey are presented separately for bachelor's and master's degree recipients. Complementary tables for the two degree levels are numbered sequentially so that odd-numbered tables are for bachelor's degree recipients and even-numbered tables are for master's degree recipients. For each table, the estimated numbers of degree recipients appear first and the standard errors for those estimates appear on the facing page. For example, table A-1a contains estimated counts of bachelor's degree recipients and table A-1b contains standard errors for those estimates.

This report contains highlights of the results, followed by three sections. The technical notes in section A contain information on survey methodology, coverage, concepts, definitions, and sampling errors. Detailed tabulations from the survey are presented in section B. Within section B, tables are grouped by topics, such as demographic characteristics, employment characteristics, and so on. Although data were collected using both computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) and mail questionnaires, we have only included a copy of the mail questionnaire in section C.

The Division of Science Resources Statistics also produces reports that present data on degree completions in science and engineering. The data presented in this report measure the number of individuals with recently acquired science and engineering degrees and do not necessarily coincide with the data on degree completions whose source is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS completions data file represents a count of degrees awarded, whereas the NSRCG represents graduates (persons). For additional information on IPEDS see “Comparison with IPEDS Data” in section A.


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