Table 5-9
Full-time S&E graduate students and graduate research assistants at universities and colleges, by degree field: Selected years, 1973–2003
 
  1973 1983 1993 2003
Group and degree field Thousands Percent Thousands Percent Thousands Percent Thousands Percent
Graduate students 161.6 100 252.0 100 329.6 100 398.0 100
Physical sciences 21.1 13 25.2 10 30.6 9 30.4 8
Mathematics 10.3 6 11.0 4 14.5 4 14.6 4
Computer sciences 2.9 2 10.6 4 17.4 5 30.9 8
Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 7.8 5 12.0 5 11.3 3 11.5 3
Life sciences 40.6 25 69.2 28 91.6 28 123.2 31
Psychology 15.2 9 26.6 11 34.8 11 35.8 9
Social sciences 32.4 20 43.5 17 55.6 17 61.3 15
Engineering 31.3 19 53.9 21 73.8 22 90.4 23
Graduate research assistants 35.9 100 54.9 100 90.2 100 114.3 100
Physical sciences 6.3 18 9.1 17 12.3 14 13.5 12
Mathematics 0.7 2 0.8 2 1.4 2 1.8 2
Computer sciences 0.7 2 1.4 3 3.8 4 7.5 7
Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 2.6 7 3.5 6 4.7 5 4.6 4
Life sciences 9.4 26 16.5 30 28.0 31 35.5 31
Psychology 1.9 5 3.0 5 4.6 5 5.6 5
Social sciences 4.0 11 5.0 9 7.4 8 8.4 7
Engineering 10.4 29   15.6 28   28.0 31   37.4 33
 

NOTES: Graduate research assistants are full-time graduate students with research assistantships as primary mechanism of support. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

 
Science and Engineering Indicators 2006