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ERIC Number: ED556459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Physics Doctorates Initial Employment: Data from the Degree Recipient Follow-Up Survey for the Classes of 2011 and 2012. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick; Pold, Jack
AIP Statistical Research Center
Each fall the Statistical Research Center (SRC) 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 number of students they have enrolled and the counts of recent degree recipients. In connection with this survey, SRC asks for the names and contact information for their recent degree recipients. This degree recipient information is used to conduct their 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 follow-up survey. New physics PhDs typically enter into one of three main employment types. For the classes of 2011 and 2012, the majority of PhD recipients accepted a postdoctoral appointment. Taking a postdoc has been the dominant post-degree outcome for physics PhDs since the class of 2001. About a third of physics PhDs accepted a potentially permanent position, while a smaller but significant proportion accepted "other temporary positions."
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center