Table 3-17
Employment characteristics of recent SEH doctorate recipients up to 3 years after receiving doctorate,
by field of degree: 2001–10
 
Recent doctorates (n)   Unemployment rate (%)   Involuntarily
out-of-field rate (%)
Field of doctorate 2001 2003 2006 2008 2010 2001 2003 2006 2008 2010 2001 2003 2006 2008 2010
 
All recent SEH doctorates 48,700 43,700 49,500 52,600 52,700 1.3 2.5 1.2 1.5 2.3 2.8 2.1 1.4 1.3 1.8
Biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences 12,300 11,200 12,600 13,400 14,100 1.4 2.4 0.9 1.7 1.5 2.6 1.0 0.3 1.0 1.5
Computer and information sciences 1,600 1,400 1,500 2,400 2,500 0.3 4.1 1.9 S S S S 2.6 1.4 S
Mathematics and statistics 2,200 1,600 2,000 2,400 2,400 0.2 3.4 S S S 1.4 3.4 2.2 1.1 S
Physical sciences 7,700 6,500 7,400 7,500 7,700 1.5 1.3 1.1 3.0 2.6 5.4 4.2 2.6 2.3 1.4
Psychology 7,200 6,300 7,000 5,800 5,400 1.5 2.7 1.2 0.8 3.8 3.0 1.5 1.4 0.8 2.0
Social sciences 5,800 6,000 6,200 5,900 6,000 1.6 3.1 1.4 2.1 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.3 3.4 3.5
Engineering 9,400 8,000 9,500 12,000 11,300 1.5 3.0 1.8 1.2 2.7 2.0 3.0 1.6 0.7 1.9
Health 2,400 2,700 3,200 3,300 3,400 0.4 0.7 0.9 1.2 S S 1.1 S S S
 

S = suppressed for reasons of confidentiality and/or reliability.

SEH = science, engineering, and health.

NOTES: Involuntarily out-of-field rate is the proportion of all employed individuals who report working in a job not related to their field of doctorate because a job in that field was not available. Data for 2001 and 2006 include graduates from 12 months to 36 months prior to the survey reference date; data for 2003, 2008, and 2010 include graduates from 15 months to 36 months prior to the survey reference date. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) (2001–10), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

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