ERIC Number: ED364138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Graduate Student Survey, 1991-92.
Ellis, Susanne D.; Mulvey, Patrick J.
This report presents 1991-92 data on enrollment trends in graduate physics as well as the educational backgrounds of physics and astronomy students, the proportions in which they chose their research specialties, career opportunities in terms of employers, and work activities and starting salaries. Highlights from the report show the following: that foreign physics doctoral graduates increased from 420 to 650 between 1987 and 1992; that doctorate recipients of the class of 1992 faced such employment difficulties that 10 percent of them took part-time or temporary (non-postdoctoral) positions; and that the median salary paid to physics doctoral graduates who accepted permanent positions rose by 5 percent. Among the information revealed by the data are the following: (1) the characteristics of physics graduate students, (2) comparative data of the characteristics of U.S. minorities with those of foreign graduate physics students; (3) numbers of graduates by subfields; (4) distribution of subfield and citizenship of doctorate recipients; (5) initial employment of physics doctorate recipients by citizenship; (6) employment characteristics and use of physics training of 1991-92 master's degree recipients; (7) initial employment status for physics doctorate recipients, in the United States by major subfield, type of research, and citizenship; and (8) median and monthly starting salaries paid by U.S. employers to new physics doctorate recipients. (GLR)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Degrees, Employment, Enrollment, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Physics, Salaries, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
American Institute of Physics, 335 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3483.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY. Education and Employment Statistics Div.