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Postgraduation Status for Social Science Doctoral Degree Recipients: 2011.

  All Social Science Fields Anthropology Economics Political Science Psychology Sociology Other Social Sciences
All Doctoral Degree Recipients by Field: Number
  8,120 555 1,124 686 3,594 656 1,505
 
Postgraduation Status: Number and Percent1
Definite postgraduation study

1,764

(25.3%)

103

(20.7%)

90

(9.1%)

102

(17.0%)

1,184

(39.4%)

114

(19.3%)

171

(13.2%)

Definite employment

2,999

(43.0%)

185

(37.2%)

656

(66.5%)

317

(52.7%)

932

(31.0%)

281

(47.5%)

628

(48.4%)

Seeking employment or study

2,028

(29.1%)

191

(38.4%)

218

(22.1%)

163

(27.1%)

807

(26.9%)

183

(31.0%)

466

(35.9%)

Other2

187

(2.7%)

18

(3.6%)

23

(2.3%)

19

(3.2%)

81

(2.7%)

13

(2.2%)

33

(2.5%)

 
Definite Postgraduation Study3
Postdoc fellowship 69.3 71.8 63.3 79.4 71.5 64.0 53.2
Postdoc research associateship 23.0 27.2 35.6 18.6 17.9 31.6 45.6
Other/Unknown4 7.8 1.0 1.1 2.0 10.6 4.4 1.2
 
Definite Employment5
Academe 61.8 73.0 56.3 77.9 48.2 84.7 66.2
Government 11.8 8.6 14.9 9.5 10.8 6.0 14.5
Industry/Business6 12.7 4.9 16.8 4.7 19.6 2.1 9.2
Nonprofit organization 8.8 10.3 6.6 3.8 13.9 4.6 7.6
Other/Unknown7 4.9 3.2 5.5 4.1 7.4 2.5 2.4
 
Primary activity8
R&D 36.9 24.6 65.5 29.6 23.0 37.6 33.8
Teaching 38.5 54.3 22.4 55.7 29.6 56.4 46.7
Management or administration 7.6 10.9 X 7.2 8.3 X 11.9
Professional services 15.7 6.9 X 5.8 38.5 X 5.8
Other 1.3 3.4 1.0 1.7 0.7 0.8 1.7

Notes: 1Only includes survey respondents who reported their postgraduation status; 2Includes respondents who indicated that they did not plan to work or study, respondents who indicated some other type of postgraduation plans, and respondents who indicated definite plans for other full-time degree program; 3Excludes respondents who indicated plans for other full-time degree program. Percentages are based on number of doctorate recipients reporting definite postgraduation plans for study; 4"Other" includes respondents who indicated definite postgraduation study plans for traineeship, internship/clinical residency, or other study; 5Percentages based on number of doctorate recipients reporting definite postgraduation plans for employment; 6Includes doctorate recipients who indicated self-employment; 7"Other" is mainly composed of elementary and secondary schools; 8Percentages based on number of doctorate recipients reporting definite postgraduation plans for employment and primary work activity.

X = suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information.


Summary:

Among 2011 recipients of doctoral degrees in the social sciences who reported their postgraduation status, 43 percent reported having secured employment. Those who obtained doctoral degrees in economics reported the highest rate of employment, at 66.5 percent. Recipients of PhDs in psychology reported the lowest rate of employment (31 percent) but the highest rate (39.4 percent) of postgraduation study, which might reflect a requirement in that discipline for newly-minted PhDs to partake in further training in preparation for eventual employment as a clinician.


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Source

National Science Foundation/National Institutes of Health/USED/USDA/NEH/NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2011. Available at www.nsf.gov/statistics/sed/digest/2011. Accessed 12 September 2013.


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