Table 5-12
S&E doctorate holders employed in academia with federal support, by degree field, years since doctorate, and position: 2006
(Percent)
 
Years since doctorate and position All fields Physical sciences Mathematics and statistics Computer and information sciences Life sciences Psychology Social sciences Engineering
 
1–3 years since doctorate                
All positions 49.1 66.1 36.6 37.4 55.9 45.2 18.8 58.9
Full-time faculty 29.5 39.2 18.4 23.7 31.6 38.1 16.5 42.5
Other full-time positions 48.7 64.7 S 64.3 56.2 32.2 32.9 50.7
Postdocs 68.6 77.8 60.5 100.0 67.7 66.0 27.0 74.4
4–7 years since doctorate                
All positions 47.3 58.2 32.0 45.3 57.5 35.7 21.5 63.9
Full-time faculty 41.7 52.8 29.7 43.0 49.9 36.6 21.9 61.3
Other full-time positions 43.4 59.2 29.5 49.9 49.4 31.0 22.5 62.6
Postdocs 76.0 72.2 79.5 S 77.4 88.8 S 87.9
 

S = suppressed, too few cases

NOTES: Academic employment limited to U.S. doctorate holders employed at 2- or 4-year colleges or universities. Recent doctorate holders earned doctorate within either 3 years or 4–7 years preceding survey. Full-time faculty includes full, associate, and assistant professors plus instructors. Other full-time positions include nonfaculty appointments such as research associates, adjunct appointments, lecturers, and administrative positions. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. Total includes part-time positions not shown separately but excludes those employed part-time because they are students or retired.

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

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010