Table 3-17
Labor market rates for recent doctorate recipients 1–3 years after receiving doctorate, by selected field: 2001, 2003, and 2006
(Percent)
 
  Unemployment rate   Involuntary out-of-field rate
Field 2001 2003 2006   2001 2003 2006
 
All S&E 1.3 2.3 1.3   3.4 3.3 1.3
Computer/mathematical sciences 0.3 4.2 0.7   2.4 3.6 2.2
Computer sciences 0.4 4.4 1.7   2.3 1.4 2.3
Mathematics 0.3 4.0 0.0   2.4 5.6 2.1
Life sciences 1.1 2.5 0.9   2.5 1.5 0.3
Agriculture 0.3 3.1 0.0   4.1 2.9 1.7
Biological sciences 1.0 2.6 1.0   2.4 1.3 0.2
Physical sciences 1.3 0.9 1.6   5.0 3.6 2.3
Chemistry 0.8 1.2 1.9   3.2 4.3 0.9
Geosciences 1.9 1.5 1.9   3.0 0.0 0.0
Physics/astronomy 1.9 0.0 1.0   8.2 4.3 5.9
Social sciences 1.3 2.5 1.2   5.1 5.0 1.5
Economics 2.2 0.3 0.0   2.1 1.9 0.0
Political science 0.8 0.0 0.0   8.7 9.0 0.6
Psychology 1.4 2.8 1.2   3.8 5.2 1.3
Sociology/anthropology 1.2 5.0 2.4   6.3 4.5 4.8
Engineering 1.8 2.3 1.9   1.7 3.0 1.5
Chemical 1.6 2.1 0.7   2.0 8.9 9.8
Electrical 0.9 2.3 0.3   1.5 0.8 1.0
Mechanical 3.2 5.8 3.0   1.7 2.6 0.0
 

NOTES: Doctorate recipients in health fields included in life sciences. Rates of 0.0, like other rates in this table, are rounded estimates based on sample survey data and do not preclude possibility that some individuals in that field may be unemployed or working involuntarily out of field. Unemployment rates for recent doctoral recipients differ from those for the entire S&E labor force.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients (2001, 2003, and 2006), Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010