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Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates: 1997 will be published later this year on the World Wide Web (WWW) and in paper form. To provide data users with the most timely statistics possible, this set of selected tables is being made available while a more detailed set of tables both in electronic version and as a printed report are being prepared. These tables will appear in the biennial report with changes in format to conform to publication guidelines and practices. The statistics in the tables are final and will not be revised when released on the WWW unless problems are found that warrant revision.

This report will present data on the demographic and employment characteristics of the Nation's recent science and engineering graduates from the National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG). The NSRCG is a demographic survey of recent science and engineering bachelor's and master's degree recipients conducted biennially since 1974. Current information on the graduates with degrees in science and engineering reflects the results of the 1997 NSRCG, the twelfth in a biennial series. The population of the 1997 NSRCG includes persons who received a bachelor's or master's degree in science or engineering from U.S. institutions during the 1995 and 1996 academic years.

The report will provide information on the number of science and engineering graduates by educational characteristics such as type of degree (bachelor's or master's), field of degree, academic year of degree, demographic characteristics such as citizenship, place of birth, and employment-related characteristics such as occupation, sector of employment, median salary, and various labor force rates. This set of early release tables provides a summary of labor force characteristics by level of degree, field of degree, academic year of degree, and median salary, the forthcoming report will provide more detailed information including occupational field. Initial data collection for the 1997 survey was conducted by Computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) and mail. Nonrespondents to the CATI were followed up with a mail instrument. Information in the 1997 survey was collected for the week of April 15, 1997. Data collection took place between October 1997 and May 1998. The overall unweighted response rate for the 1997 survey was 82 percent. As in most sample surveys, weighting was used to adjust for the effects of survey nonresponse and imputation techniques were used to compensate for item nonresponse. The statistics in this report are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error.

John Tsapogas
Division of Science Resources Studies
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965
Arlington, VA 22230

(703) 306-1776 x6920,
E-mail: jtsapoga@nsf.gov

List of Tables


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Table Title
S-1 Number of 1995 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, and field of degree: April 1997
S-2 Number of 1995 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, sex, and field of degree: April 1997
S-3 Number of 1995 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, race/ethnicity, and field of degree: April 1997
S-4 Number of 1996 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, and field of degree: April 1997
S-5 Number of 1996 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, sex, and field of degree: April 1997
S-6 Number of 1996 science and engineering bachelor's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, race/ethnicity, and field of degree: April 1997
S-7 Number of 1995 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, and field of degree: April 1997
S-8 Number of 1995 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, sex, and field of degree: April 1997
S-9 Number of 1995 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, race/ethnicity, and field of degree: April 1997
S-10 Number of 1996 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, and field of degree: April 1997
S-11 Number of 1996 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, sex, and field of degree: April 1997
S-12 Number of 1996 science and engineering master's degree recipients, by primary status, median salary, race/ethnicity, and field of degree: April 1997



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