Table 3-19
Employment characteristics of recent SEH doctorate recipients up to 3 years after receiving doctorate, by field: 2001–08
(Number and percent)
 
  Recent doctorates (n)   Unemployment rate (%)   Involuntarily out-of-field rate (%)
Field 2001   2003   2006   2008   2001 2003 2006 2008   2001 2003 2006 2008
 
All recent
SEH doctorates
48,700   43,700   49,500   52,600   1.3 2.5 1.2 1.5   2.8 2.1 1.4 1.3
Biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences 12,300   11,200   12,600   13,400   1.4 2.4 0.9 1.7   2.6 1.0 0.3 1.0
Computer/information sciences 1,600   1,400   1,500   2,400   0.3 4.1 1.9 S   S S 2.6 1.4
Mathematics and statistics 2,200   1,600   2,000   2,400   0.2 3.4 S S   1.4 3.4 2.2 1.1
Physical sciences 7,700   6,500   7,400   7,500   1.5 1.3 1.1 3.0   5.4 4.2 2.6 2.3
Psychology 7,200   6,300   7,000   5,800   1.5 2.7 1.2 0.8   3.0 1.5 1.4 0.8
Social sciences 5,800   6,000   6,200   5,900   1.6 3.1 1.4 2.1   3.3 3.0 2.3 3.4
Engineering 9,400   8,000   9,500   12,000   1.5 3.0 1.8 1.2   2.0 3.0 1.6 0.7
Health 2,400   2,700   3,200   3,300   0.4 0.7 0.9 1.2   S 1.1 S S
 

S = suppressed for reasons of confidentiality and/or reliability

SEH = science, engineering, and health

NOTES: Involuntarily out-of-field rate is proportion of individuals employed in job not related to field of doctorate because job in that field was not available. 2001 and 2006 data include graduates from 12 to 36 months prior to survey reference date; 2003 and 2008 data include graduates from 15 to 36 months prior to survey reference date.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR), (2001–08), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012