Table 5-19
Reasons for accepting postdoc position: 2008–10
 
2008–10
Population
change (%)
Distribution
change (%)
Reason 2008   2010  
Total Percent Total Percent
 
All reasons
Additional training in PhD field 12,200 67.6 14,800 65.2 21.3 -3.6
Training outside of PhD field 8,100 44.9 11,000 48.2 35.8 7.3
Work with person/at place 11,300 62.9 12,900 56.8 14.2 -9.7
Other employment not available 3,900 21.7 7,000 30.7 79.5 41.5
Postdoc expected in this field 13,900 76.9 17,000 75.1 22.3 -2.3
Some other reason 1,500 8.3 1,900 8.4 26.7 1.2
 
Most important reason
Additional training in PhD field 4,000 22.3 4,300 19.0 7.5 -14.8
Training outside of PhD field 2,600 14.6 4,000 17.6 53.8 20.5
Work with person/at place 2,900 16.3 3,500 15.6 20.7 -4.3
Other employment not available 1,800 9.8 3,100 13.5 72.2 37.8
Postdoc expected in this field 5,800 32.0 6,800 29.8 17.2 -6.9
Some other reason 900 5.0 1,100 4.7 22.2 -6.0
 

NOTES: Data are for academically employed, U.S. trained postdocs. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics with National Opinion Research Center, special tabulations (2013) of the Survey of Doctorate Recipients.

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