Table 3-13
Labor market rate for recent doctorate recipients 1–3 years after receiving doctorate, by field: 1999 and 2001
(Percent)
 
  Unemployment
rate
  Involuntarily
out-of-field rate
Doctorate field 1999 2001    1999 2001
All S&E fields 1.2 1.3   4.2 3.4
Engineering 0.9 1.8   2.7 1.7
Chemical 1.7 1.6   1.8 2.0
Civil 1.5 3.5   0.0 3.6
Electrical 0.7 0.9   2.5 1.5
Mechanical 0.3 3.2   3.2 1.7
Life sciences 1.1 1.1   2.5 2.5
Agriculture 0.0 0.3   3.1 4.1
Biological sciences 1.3 1.0   2.5 2.4
Mathematics/computer sciences 0.8 0.3   4.1 2.4
Computer sciences 0.9 0.4   1.8 2.3
Mathematics 0.7 0.3   6.2 2.4
Physical sciences 0.4 1.3   6.6 5.0
Chemistry 0.5 0.8   2.4 3.2
Geosciences 1.2 1.9   9.4 3.0
Physics and astronomy 0.0 1.9   11.1 8.2
Social sciences 2.1 1.3   5.7 5.1
Economics 0.5 2.2   4.2 2.1
Political science 3.4 0.8   11.6 8.7
Psychology 1.0 1.4   3.5 3.8
Sociology and anthropology 1.6 1.2   11.9 6.3
 
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 1999 and 2001.
 
Science & Engineering Indicators – 2004
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