Table 5-9
Women as percentage of S&E doctorate holders, by position: Selected years, 1973–2006
 
Position and degree field 1973 1983 1993 2006
 
All positions 9.1 15.0 21.9 33.0
Full-time senior faculty 5.8 9.3 14.2 25.0
Full-time junior faculty 11.3 23.5 32.2 42.3
Full-time faculty researchers 6.3 11.4 17.7 28.6
Physical sciences 3.0 4.6 7.7 15.2
Mathematics 4.7 7.4 9.0 18.8
Computer sciences NA 9.2 15.8 22.9
Life sciences 7.9 12.6 21.5 32.9
Psychology 13.1 23.8 35.4 48.9
Social sciences 8.2 16.3 21.5 33.7
Engineering 0.3 2.0 4.1 11.2
Full-time nonfaculty 14.5 23.1 30.2 36.2
Postdocs 14.3 30.1 30.8 40.8
Part-time positions 48.3 41.7 61.0 51.5
 

NA = not available

NOTES: Academic employment limited to U.S. doctorate holders employed at 2- or 4-year colleges or universities. Senior faculty includes full and associate professors; junior faculty includes assistant professors and instructors; and full-time nonfaculty includes positions such as research associates, adjunct appointments, lecturers, and administrative positions. Total excludes those employed part time because they are students or retired. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. 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