Table 5-12
Full-time SEH graduate students and graduate research assistants at universities and colleges, by degree field: Selected years, 1973–2008
 
    1973   1983   1993   2003   2008
Group and degree field   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent
 
Graduate students   161.6 100   252.0 100   329.6 100   398.0 100   434.1 100
Physical sciences   28.9 18   37.2 15   41.9 13   41.9 11   44.5 10
Mathematics   10.3 6   11.0 4   14.5 4   14.6 4   16.2 4
Computer sciences   2.9 2   10.6 4   17.4 5   30.9 8   31.3 7
Life sciences   40.6 25   69.2 28   91.6 28   123.2 31   138.8 32
Psychology   15.2 9   26.6 11   34.8 11   35.8 9   42.1 10
Social sciences   32.4 20   43.5 17   55.6 17   61.3 15   68.2 16
Engineering   31.3 19   53.9 21   73.8 22   90.4 23   93.0 21
                               
Graduate research assistants   35.9 100   54.9 100   90.2 100   114.3 100   118.3 100
Physical sciences   8.9 25   12.6 23   17 19   18.1 16   18.7 16
Mathematics   0.7 2   0.8 2   1.4 2   1.8 2   1.9 2
Computer sciences   0.7 2   1.4 3   3.8 4   7.5 7   7.3 6
Life sciences   9.4 26   16.5 30   28.0 31   35.5 31   37.4 32
Psychology   1.9 5   3.0 5   4.6 5   5.6 5   6.1 5
Social sciences   4.0 11   5.0 9   7.4 8   8.4 7   8.1 7
Engineering   10.4 29   15.6 28   28.0 31   37.4 33   37.0 31
 

SEH = science, engineering, and health

NOTES: Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Graduate research assistants are full-time graduate students with research assistantships as primary mechanism of support. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; life sciences include biological, agricultural, environmental, and health sciences.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, special tabulations (2011) of 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, and 2008 Surveys of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012