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ERIC Number: ED534177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Physics Doctorates One Year Later: Data from the Follow-Up Survey of Degree Recipients from the Classes of 2009 and 2010. Focus On
Anderson, Garrett; Mulvey, Patrick
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
Each fall the Statistical Research Center conducts its Survey of Enrollments and Degrees, which asks all degree-granting physics and astronomy departments in the U.S. to provide information concerning the numbers of students they have enrolled and counts of recent degree recipients. In connection with this survey, the authors ask for the names and contact information for their recent degree recipients. This degree recipient information is used to conduct the authors' follow-up survey in the winter following the academic year in which they received their degrees. The data in this "focus on" comes from that survey. Findings reveal that the proportion of new physics PhDs accepting a postdoc climbed in the aftermath of the recent recession. More than two-thirds of non-U.S. citizens who remained in the U.S. took a postdoc. Initial employment of new physics PhDs is affected by their subfield of research. Though accepting a postdoc is most often a strategic career decision, 13% of postdocs from the classes of 2009 and 2010 accepted their postdocs because they could not obtain suitable permanent positions. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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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: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center