Table 3-11
Self-employed scientists and engineers, by education, occupation, and type of business: 2008
(Percent)
 
Characteristic Total Unincorporated business Incorporated business
 
All self-employed scientists and engineers 18.8 6.4 12.4
       
S&E degree holders      
At least one degree in S&E field 18.7 6.5 12.2
Highest degree in S&E field 16.7 5.6 11.1
Computer and mathematical sciences 13.9 3.3 10.6
Biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences 17.1 6.5 10.6
Physical sciences 15.1 5.7 9.4
Social sciences 18.0 7.4 10.6
Engineering 16.8 3.5 13.3
       
Occupation      
S&E occupation 11.1 3.3 7.8
Computer and mathematical scientists 10.3 2.4 7.9
Biological, agricultural, and environmental life scientists 5.7 1.6 4.1
Physical scientists 9.3 3.2 6.1
Social scientists 16.1 11.1 5.0
Engineers 12.3 2.4 9.9
S&E-related occupations 20.1 6.1 14.0
Non-S&E occupations 22.3 8.3 14.0
 

NOTE: Scientists and engineers include those with one or more S&E or S&E-related degrees at bachelor's level or higher or who have a non-S&E degree at bachelor's level or higher and were employed in an S&E or S&E-related occupation in 2008.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) (2008), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012