Table 3-4
Doctorates awarded, by major field: 1995–99, 1999, and peak year
 
Field 1995–99 1999 Peak year
(doctorates)
All fields 210,535 41,140 1998 (42,683)
Education 33,126 6,557 1976 (7,725)
Engineering 29,694 5,337 1996 (6,305)
Biological sciences 28,339 5,600 1998 (5,854)
Humanities 24,599 5,045 1973 (5,155)
Social sciences 20,106 4,060 1997 (4,111)
Physical sciences 18,857 3,582 1994 (3,977)
Psychology 17,843 3,667 1998 (3,685)
Professional fields/other 11,549 2,175 1995 (2,539)
Mathematics and computer sciences 10,302 1,935 1995 (2,187)
Health sciences 6,990 1,410 1998 (1,503)
Agricultural sciences 5,057 965 1990 (1,174)
Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 4,073 807 1997 (878)
 

SOURCE: NSF/NIH/USED/NEH/USDA/NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates and Doctorate Records File.

 
U.S. Doctorates in the 20th Century