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TABLE D-3. Employed Female Scientists and Engineers in the United States, by Occupations, Highest Degree Level, As a Percentage of Total Scientists and Engineers, 2006

Occupation All Degrees Bachelor’s Master’s Doctorate
  Both sexes Female
(percent)
Both sexes Female
(percent)
Both sexes Female
(percent)
Both
sexes
Female
(percent)
All occupations 18,927,000 44 10,886,000 45 5,384,000 47 883,000 30
  S&E occupations 5,024,000 26 2,911,000 24 1,497,000 29 566,000 28
   Scientist 3,403,000 33 1,865,000 31 1,023,000 37 467,000 33

Biological/life
scientist

487,000 44 203,000 51 113,000 47 154,000 34

Agricultural/food scientist

57,000 32 32,000 38 15,000 27 10,000 20

Biological/medical scientist

336,000 49 137,000 59 76,000 55 107,000 36

Forestry and conservation scientist

35,000 14 22,000 14 11,000 9 2,000 N/A

Postsecondary teacher

60,000 40 13,000 54 11,000 55 34,000 29

   Computer and Information Scientist

1,963,000

26

1,350,000

25

557,000

26

50,000

16

Computer/information scientist

1,938,000 25 1,345,000 25 546,000 27 41,000 15

Postsecondary teacher

25,000 32 5,000 20 11,000 45 9,000 22

   Mathematical Scientist

149,000

39

44,000

41

70,000

43

33,000

27

Mathematical scientist

85,000 38 32,000 41 39,000 41 12,000 25

Postsecondary teacher

64,000 39 12,000 42 31,000 48 21,000 24
   Physical Scientist 334,000 28 159,000 33 84,000 32 89,000 17

      Chemist, except biochemist

134,000

35

79,000

39

26,000

42

28,000

18

Earth scientist / geologist / oceanographer

80,000 20 39,000 21 30,000 20 11,000 18

Physicist/astronomer

29,000 14 6,000 17 7,000 14 16,000 13

Other physical scientist

39,000 31 25,000 32 10,000 30 3,000 33

Postsecondary teacher

52,000 29 9,000 44 11,000 45 31,000 19
   Psychologist 211,000 65 22,000 73 98,000 69 76,000 55
   Social scientist 259,000 46 86,000 51 102,000 44 66,000 39

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System.



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