ERIC Number: ED398840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Bachelor's Degree Recipients Report 1995. AIP Report.
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Dodge, Elizabeth
This document reports on a 1995 survey of students graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy as part of an ongoing series of surveys that have been conducted by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) since the 1960s. The data obtained on the 1995 class build upon established trends in students' immediate postbaccalaureate plans and student characteristics. The information in this report is supplemented with departmental data gathered in AIP's Enrollments and Degrees Survey. Highlights of the report include the following: the total number of physics bachelor's degrees produced each year continued to decline; 40 percent of the physics bachelors took longer than 4 years to obtain their degree; employment prospects showed improvement for the class of 1995; and the median starting salary for physics bachelors in the class of 1995 was $29,800, up from prior years. Postbaccalaureate plans for physics majors continued to shift, with fewer opting for graduate study in physics and more entering directly into the job market. There were 205 astronomy bachelor degrees conferred during the 1994-95 academic year. Information on postbaccalaureate plans for astronomy graduates is presented. (Contains four tables and seven figures) (KG).
Descriptors: Astronomy, Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Credentials, Employment Opportunities, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Physics, Surveys, Trend Analysis
American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Education and Employment Statistics Div.