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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education

Advanced natural sciences and engineering degrees as a percentage of NS&E degrees conferred



Findings

  • In 2009, more than 104,000 advanced natural sciences and engineering (NS&E) degrees were awarded nationwide. This total represented approximately 37% more than were awarded in 2000. The share of advanced degrees as a percentage of all NS&E degrees conferred rose by 10% between 2000 and 2009.
  • In 2009, the value of this indicator ranged from a low of 10.2% to a high of 45.1% of NS&E graduates completing training at the master's or doctoral level.
  • Nationally, about 62% of all advanced S&E degrees were in NS&E fields in 2009, nearly unchanged from a decade ago in 2000.
  • In states with few NS&E graduate programs, the number of advanced NS&E degrees conferred varies considerably from year to year. Readers should use caution when making annual comparisons for those states with small numbers of NS&E graduate students.


Description

This indicator represents the extent to which a state's higher education programs in natural sciences and engineering (NS&E) are concentrated at the graduate level. NS&E fields include the physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, and computer sciences; mathematics; and engineering. The social sciences, including anthropology, economics, political science and public administration, psychology, and sociology, are not included. Advanced NS&E degrees include master's and doctoral degrees. Total NS&E degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees but exclude associate's degrees.

The indicator value is computed by dividing the number of advanced NS&E degrees by the total number of NS&E degrees awarded by the higher education institutions within the state.

The number of degrees are actual counts provided by the National Center of Education Statistics.

Data Table

Table 8-23
Advanced natural sciences and engineering degrees as a percentage of NS&E degrees conferred, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2009
 
  Advanced NS&E degrees   NS&E degrees conferred   Advanced NS&E degrees/NS&E degrees conferred (%)
State 2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009
 
United States 75,996 94,547 104,089   283,371 331,247 353,509   26.8 28.5 29.4
Alabama 908 1,221 1,370   4,464 4,732 5,261   20.3 25.8 26.0
Alaska 120 171 162   360 419 475   33.3 40.8 34.1
Arizona 1,135 1,274 1,705   4,063 6,343 6,989   27.9 20.1 24.4
Arkansas 294 392 407   1,734 2,022 1,970   17.0 19.4 20.7
California 8,797 11,395 12,604   30,833 38,181 40,990   28.5 29.8 30.7
Colorado 2,081 2,188 2,113   6,823 7,663 7,827   30.5 28.6 27.0
Connecticut 1,155 1,518 2,084   3,007 3,634 4,624   38.4 41.8 45.1
Delaware 221 286 329   917 980 1,069   24.1 29.2 30.8
District of Columbia 1,202 1,244 1,569   2,091 2,561 2,949   57.5 48.6 53.2
Florida 2,589 3,539 4,267   9,942 12,636 15,036   26.0 28.0 28.4
Georgia 1,909 2,291 2,835   7,099 8,354 9,025   26.9 27.4 31.4
Hawaii 285 257 267   1,004 1,011 1,109   28.4 25.4 24.1
Idaho 259 334 360   1,272 1,568 1,797   20.4 21.3 20.0
Illinois 4,082 5,025 5,857   13,053 16,027 15,937   31.3 31.4 36.8
Indiana 1,610 1,840 1,920   6,723 7,637 7,493   23.9 24.1 25.6
Iowa 804 956 1,070   3,939 4,205 4,633   20.4 22.7 23.1
Kansas 760 920 827   3,196 3,557 3,290   23.8 25.9 25.1
Kentucky 553 922 889   2,819 3,215 3,392   19.6 28.7 26.2
Louisiana 962 1,295 1,044   4,357 4,895 4,260   22.1 26.5 24.5
Maine 137 136 133   1,228 1,272 1,305   11.2 10.7 10.2
Maryland 2,432 3,199 3,473   6,854 9,110 9,142   35.5 35.1 38.0
Massachusetts 3,981 4,599 5,004   11,309 12,222 13,219   35.2 37.6 37.9
Michigan 3,558 4,300 4,241   11,873 13,474 13,861   30.0 31.9 30.6
Minnesota 989 1,472 1,527   5,056 6,333 6,873   19.6 23.2 22.2
Mississippi 462 595 670   2,195 2,225 2,427   21.0 26.7 27.6
Missouri 1,207 1,585 1,853   5,974 6,935 7,182   20.2 22.9 25.8
Montana 285 328 306   1,458 1,455 1,529   19.5 22.5 20.0
Nebraska 377 570 611   1,958 2,212 2,393   19.3 25.8 25.5
Nevada 208 296 337   756 1,035 1,326   27.5 28.6 25.4
New Hampshire 375 433 544   1,656 1,563 1,730   22.6 27.7 31.4
New Jersey 2,220 2,505 2,907   7,469 7,859 8,283   29.7 31.9 35.1
New Mexico 461 623 676   1,704 2,015 1,982   27.1 30.9 34.1
New York 6,187 7,829 8,736   20,638 24,534 25,832   30.0 31.9 33.8
North Carolina 1,898 2,310 2,802   8,070 9,084 10,110   23.5 25.4 27.7
North Dakota 133 174 218   1,026 1,087 1,147   13.0 16.0 19.0
Ohio 2,843 3,319 3,263   10,671 11,425 11,767   26.6 29.1 27.7
Oklahoma 875 1,185 1,013   3,366 3,821 3,740   26.0 31.0 27.1
Oregon 784 1,021 879   3,224 3,852 3,947   24.3 26.5 22.3
Pennsylvania 3,448 4,625 5,248   15,119 18,344 19,701   22.8 25.2 26.6
Rhode Island 353 383 422   1,589 1,914 1,988   22.2 20.0 21.2
South Carolina 733 841 768   3,417 3,971 3,967   21.5 21.2 19.4
South Dakota 161 285 257   1,142 1,324 1,253   14.1 21.5 20.5
Tennessee 975 1,019 1,162   4,430 4,560 5,083   22.0 22.3 22.9
Texas 5,136 6,797 7,416   17,004 20,489 22,601   30.2 33.2 32.8
Utah 724 915 933   3,541 4,327 4,699   20.4 21.1 19.9
Vermont 168 232 263   1,008 1,097 1,365   16.7 21.1 19.3
Virginia 2,213 2,379 3,360   8,627 8,689 10,456   25.7 27.4 32.1
Washington 1,159 1,366 1,430   5,009 5,981 6,415   23.1 22.8 22.3
West Virginia 363 476 405   1,571 1,764 2,042   23.1 27.0 19.8
Wisconsin 1,254 1,550 1,422   6,105 7,124 7,466   20.5 21.8 19.0
Wyoming 171 132 131   628 510 552   27.2 25.9 23.7
                       
Puerto Rico 301 396 547   3,314 3,244 3,586   9.1 12.2 15.3
 

NS&E = natural sciences and engineering

NOTES: Advanced NS&E degrees include only master's and doctorate. NS&E degrees conferred includes bachelor's, master's, and doctorate. NS&E degrees include physical, computer, agricultural, biological, earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; mathematics; and engineering.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012

Source Data

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