Table 3-17
Doctorate recipients holding tenure and tenure-track appointments at academic institutions, by years since receipt of doctorate: 1993, 2003, and 2006
(Percent)
 
  1993   2003   2006
Field   1–3   4–6   1–3   4–6   1–3   4–6
 
All S&E   18.4   26.6   17.8   23.5   19.2   25.8
Engineering   16.0   24.6   12.2   16.0   14.7   16.6
Chemical   8.1   14.0   4.9   6.0   8.2   9.4
Electrical   17.6   26.9   11.6   15.3   18.6   15.4
Mechanical   13.5   29.5   11.1   16.0   16.5   14.6
Life sciences   12.6   24.8   8.0   20.3   13.4   20.8
Agriculture   15.6   27.0   23.7   35.1   18.9   30.0
Biological sciences   12.1   24.8   6.5   18.6   13.2   20.6
Mathematics/computer sciences   39.7   54.1   34.5   38.1   36.1   44.0
Computer sciences   37.1   51.5   30.9   30.3   37.8   36.4
Mathematics   41.8   56.0   37.7   43.8   34.7   50.6
Physical sciences   9.7   18.2   13.7   18.2   10.7   23.8
Chemistry   7.7   16.3   14.5   16.0   11.0   22.2
Geosciences   12.7   26.2   21.6   35.1   13.9   30.5
Physics/astronomy   12.0   17.7   9.4   14.5   8.7   22.5
Social sciences   26.4   29.2   28.3   31.6   29.6   34.2
Economics   46.6   48.6   43.7   32.2   37.4   39.4
Political science   53.9   47.1   45.0   50.6   45.0   51.3
Psychology   12.7   15.5   14.5   21.1   18.7   21.9
Sociology/anthropology   37.9   46.9   43.3   48.0   62.1   65.0
 

NOTE: Two-year institutions not included. Doctorate recipients in health fields included in life sciences for consistency with prior years.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 1993, 2003, and 2006 (preliminary data for 2006).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008