ERIC Number: ED421906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Graduate Field of Study, by Sex. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Changing job market opportunities affect the fields in which males and females choose to earn a graduate degree. This report examines disparities in field choices of the sexes. Highlighted are the following: (1) in 1994 substantially more females than males earned graduate degrees in education and the health professions; males earned a higher proportion of degrees in natural sciences, computer sciences and engineering, and business management; (2) although differences in the proportion of the sexes earning master's degrees in business management narrowed between 1971 and the mid-1980s, males were still twice as likely to earn a master's degree in business management in 1994; (3) differences in the proportions of males and females earning master's degrees in computer sciences and engineering narrowed each year between 1970 and 1986; however, since 1986 the proportion of males has stayed constant at five times that of females; (4) while a higher percentage of males earned master's degrees in the social and behavioral sciences between 1971 and 1983, a higher percentage of females earned these degrees between 1984 and 1994; and (5) since 1971 females have been consistently more likely to earn a doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences. Degrees awarded by selected fields are tabulated for the years between 1971-94. (MAB)
Descriptors: Business Education, Computer Science, Degrees (Academic), Doctoral Degrees, Education, Engineering, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Humanities, Masters Degrees, Medical Education, Natural Sciences, Nontraditional Occupations, Sex Differences, Social Sciences, Tables (Data)
World Wide Web: http://www.ed.gov/NCES/pubs/ce
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1997"; see ED 404 766.