Table 5-8
Average annual growth rate for employment of S&E doctorate holders in academia reporting research as a primary or secondary work activity, by degree field: 1973–2006
(Percent)
 
Degree field 1973–2006 1973–79 1979–89 1989–99 1999–2006
 
All fields 2.5 1.5 5.4 1.0 1.3
Physical sciences 1.1 –0.5 3.5 0.6 –0.2
Mathematics 1.6 0.2 4.0 –0.4 2.0
Computer sciences NA NA 34.4 7.1 6.4
Life sciences 2.9 3.6 4.9 1.6 1.3
Psychology 3.2 2.1 5.7 1.8 2.5
Social sciences 2.5 0.4 7.6 0.1 0.8
Engineering 2.7 1.5 6.0 1.0 1.4
 

NA = not available

NOTES: Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. Academic employment limited to U.S. doctorate holders employed at 2- or 4-year colleges or universities and excludes those employed part time because they are students or retired. Research includes basic or applied research, development, and design.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, special tabulations.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010