ERIC Number: ED215650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
1980-81 Survey of Physics and Astronomy Bachelor's Degree Recipients.
Ellis, Susanne D.
The postbaccalaureate plans of 1980-1981 physics and astronomy graduates were surveyed and compared with previous graduates. Data are presented on annual changes in postbaccalaureate plans during 1971-1981 with respect to the following options: physics graduate study, other graduate study, civilian employment, military service, and undecided. Postbaccalaureate plans are also correlated with the following characteristics: sex, citizenship, age, minority status, double major, and type of undergraduate institution. Data are also presented on: the students' secondary school training in physics, U.S. and foreign minorities among physics bachelors, seven minority groups, sources of anticipated support for first-year graduate study (1979-1981), changes in employment outlook for new physics bachelors (1973-1981), initial employment of physics bachelors (1974-1981), starting salaries of 1981 physics bachelors, and full-time employment of 1981 physics bachelors. Additionally, plans of graduating classes of astronomy bachelors (1974-1981) and characteristics and starting salaries of 1981 astronomy bachelors are examined. Findings include the following: (1) a small shift from civilian to military employment plans was evident; (2) U.S. blacks comprise the smallest proportion of physics bachelors with plans for graduate study and the largest proportion with employment plans; (3) a decline occurred in both the number and proportion of astronomy bachelors with plans for graduate study; and (4) the percentage of physics bachelors who had not taken high school physics but planned graduate physics study quadrupled since 1970. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Astronomy, Bachelors Degrees, Career Planning, Degrees (Academic), Educational Background, Employment Patterns, Foreign Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Military Service, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Physics, Salaries, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students
American Institute of Physics, 335 East 45 Street, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY. Manpower Statistics Div.