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ERIC Number: ED513342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Numbers of Doctorates Awarded Continue to Grow in 2009; Indicators of Employment Outcomes Mixed. InfoBrief. NSF 11-305
Fiegener, Mark K.
National Science Foundation
This InfoBrief uses data collected from the 2009 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) to report on trends in the numbers of individuals who earn research doctoral degrees from U.S. academic institutions. Postgraduation plans of new doctorate recipients are examined from 2004 to 2009, a period that includes the recent economic decline. The following key findings are described in detail in this report: (1) 49,562 research doctorates were awarded in 2009, up 1.6% over the 2008 total; (2) Doctorates awarded in science and engineering (S&E) fields were up 1.9% over 2008, owing entirely to growth in numbers of female S&E doctorate recipients; (3) The number of doctorates earned by U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups continues to grow faster than the number earned by white recipients; (4) The number of doctorate recipients with temporary visas was down 3.5% from 2008; (5) The proportion of 2009 doctorate recipients with employment prospects in the coming year (gauged by definite commitments to a position) was slightly less than that reported in 2008 and about the same as that reported in 2007, the year before the advent of the recession; and (6) Among doctorate recipients reporting definite commitments, a growing proportion are taking postdoctoral (postdoc) positions; 2009 marked the largest single-year increase in the proportion of doctorate recipients taking postdoc positions during the 2004-09 period. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics