ERIC Number: ED439663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Physics and Astronomy Senior Report: Class of 1998. AIP Report.
Neuschatz, Michael; Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr
This report provides data on students earning physics and astronomy bachelor's degrees for the 1997-98 academic year. The report notes that: (1) after many years of steady decline, the number of undergraduates earning physics bachelor's degrees has stabilized, with 3,821 degrees awarded in l997-98; (2) declines in undergraduate degrees persist at generally larger departments that also teach physics at the graduate level--for these schools, the cumulative decrease since 1989 is 32 percent; (3) satisfaction levels among physics bachelor's recipients appears high; (4) roughly half of new bachelor's recipients plan to immediately enter graduate school, with 31 percent planning to pursue physics studies and 19 percent planning to pursue other disciplines; (5) of students continuing on to graduate study, 86 percent expect to earn doctoral degrees and 61 percent hope for careers as college or university professors, percentages far higher than historically achieved; (6) physics and astronomy seniors perceive their respective post-baccalaureate job markets very differently, with physics seniors believing their potential employment prospects are far more positive than do their astronomy counterparts; and (7) perhaps as a result of their poorer bachelor-level job market, the proportion of astronomy graduates going directly to graduate school is higher (55 percent) than in physics. More than two-thirds of astronomy matriculates aspire to academic careers. Tables and figures summarize the data. (CH)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Bachelors Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, Education Work Relationship, Employment Experience, Employment Statistics, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Occupational Information, Outcomes of Education, Physics, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Education and Employment Statistics Div.