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ERIC Number: ED499157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Doctoral Awards in Science and Engineering Continue Upward Trend in 2006. Info Brief. NSF 08-301
Falkenheim, Jaquelina C.
National Science Foundation
U.S. institutions awarded 29,854 science and engineering (S&E) doctorates in 2006, a record high. The 2006 rise in S&E doctoral awards, 6.7% over 2005, is the fourth consecutive increase. S&E fields reaching all-time high counts in 2006 were biological sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry, social sciences, and engineering. A total of 15,742 doctorates in non-S&E fields were awarded in 2006, an increase over the 2005 count but a slight decline from the record number of 15,848 in 2004. Awards in health fields increased to their highest point in the last 10 years (1,906), whereas the count in education was at an all-time low in the same period (6,124). From 1997 to 2006, awards of S&E doctorates grew by 9.6%, with increases concentrated in the last 4 years of the period. In the same 10-year period, awards of doctorates in all fields grew by 7.2%, whereas awards in non-S&E fields remained relatively level; thus, increases in S&E fields account for most of the growth in doctorates awarded. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.
Identifiers - Location: United States