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National Science Foundation National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates: 2008


General Notes


This report presents data from the 2008 National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG) on the characteristics of men and women who received bachelor's or master's degrees in science, engineering, or health fields from U.S. institutions during the two academic years 2006 and 2007. The data reflect the employment, educational, and demographic status of individuals as of the survey reference week of 1 October 2008.

The data presented in this report measure the number of individuals with recently acquired science, engineering, and health degrees and do not necessarily coincide with the data on degree completions from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). IPEDS is conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The IPEDS completions data file represents a count of degrees that graduates were awarded, whereas the NSRCG data represent estimates of graduates (persons).

The data tables present information on the number and median salaries of recent graduates by field of major, occupation, and various demographic characteristics. Tables are presented separately for bachelor's and master's degree recipients. Complementary tables for the two degree levels are numbered sequentially so that odd-numbered tables are for bachelor's degree recipients and even-numbered tables are for master's degree recipients.

Appendix A contains technical notes on survey methodology, coverage, concepts, definitions, and sampling errors. Technical tables show the standard errors for estimates in the data tables.

Appendix B contains crosswalks of detailed education and occupation codes used in the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT), NSRCG major field and occupation categories used in the data tables, and detailed SESTAT education codes and IPEDS Classification of Instructional Program codes included in the NSRCG sampling fields.

Appendix C contains the 2008 NSRCG mail questionnaire.

Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates: 2008
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 12-328 | August 2012


For the 2006 and 2008 Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, several science and engineering (S&E)-related occupations were incorrectly classified as non-S&E occupations. Tables 1−6, 35, 36, 53, and 54 and their corresponding standard error tables (tables A-1−A-6, A-35, A-36, A-53, and A-54) have been replaced with corrected versions.