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Table 44. Postgraduation plans of doctorate recipients with definite commitments, by broad field of study: Selected years, 1995–2015

Definite commitment and plan All fields Life sciencesa Physical sciences and earth sciences Mathematics and computer sciences Psychology and social sciences Engineering Education Humanities and arts Otherb
All definite commitments (number)
1995 24,977 5,141 2,686 1,275 4,095 3,068 4,374 2,749 1,589
2000 26,868 5,797 2,736 1,337 4,692 3,374 4,355 3,107 1,470
2005 27,416 5,999 2,863 1,565 4,649 3,732 4,049 2,979 1,580
2010 29,841 6,908 3,314 2,102 5,077 4,551 3,357 2,748 1,784
2015 30,393 6,679 3,271 2,376 5,408 5,168 2,920 2,723 1,848
Reported type of plan
1995 24,821 5,126 2,677 1,265 4,063 3,060 4,328 2,721 1,581
2000 26,744 5,765 2,724 1,332 4,676 3,358 4,329 3,096 1,464
2005 27,086 5,906 2,847 1,556 4,594 3,702 3,978 2,943 1,560
2010 28,995 6,768 3,268 2,063 4,900 4,445 3,213 2,644 1,694
2015 27,787 6,154 3,092 2,207 4,949 4,758 2,612 2,402 1,613
Employment (%)c
1995 70.3 35.6 35.2 75.7 78.7 75.1 96.1 93.0 96.5
2000 71.4 39.8 44.0 76.6 76.2 78.9 95.2 91.9 95.4
2005 64.5 33.1 33.3 65.4 70.7 67.2 93.8 88.9 94.4
2010 57.1 30.0 26.9 57.7 65.6 54.9 93.2 84.7 92.1
2015 60.3 36.7 35.7 66.2 62.5 64.4 91.2 79.9 91.1
Postdoctoral study (%)c
1995 29.7 64.4 64.8 24.3 21.3 24.9 3.9 7.0 3.5
2000 28.6 60.2 56.0 23.4 23.8 21.1 4.8 8.1 4.6
2005 35.5 66.9 66.7 34.6 29.3 32.8 6.2 11.1 5.6
2010 42.9 70.0 73.1 42.3 34.4 45.1 6.8 15.3 7.9
2015 39.7 63.3 64.3 33.8 37.5 35.6 8.8 20.1 8.9