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Who Employs New Science and Engineering Master's-Degree Recipients?

In the last decade, nearly 60% of employed new science and engineering master's degree recipients were working in the private sector (Table C-8). Less than 20% were employed by educational institutions, split about evenly between four-year colleges and universities and other institutions (two-year colleges and elementary and secondary schools).

TABLE C-8 Type of Employer One Year Later of Recipients of Master's Degrees in Science and Engineering, 1982-199a

 

Master's Received in

Employer

1981

1983

1985

1987

1989

All employed science

34,100

34,400

45,600

43,700

51,700

and engineering master's

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

Educational institutions

6,000

4,900

6,800

7,400

9,300

 

17.6%

14.2%

14.9%

16.9%

18.0%

4-year college/ university

     

4,000

4,600

       

9.2%

8.9%

Other educational institution

     

3,400

4,600

       

7.8%

8.9%

Business and industry

20,000

20,000

25,400

25,200

30,700

 

58.7%

58.1%

55.7%

57.7%

59.4%

Nonprofit organization

900

1,700

1,600

1,400

1,000

 

2.6%

4.9%

3.5%

3.2%

1.9%

Federal government

2,200

2,500

3,900

2,300

3,600

 

6.5%

7.3%

8.6%

5.3%

7.0%

State/local government

2,500

2,800

4,100

2,900

2,900

 

7.3%

8.1%

9.0%

6.6%

5.6%

Other

2,300

2,400

3,600

4,400

4,200

 

6.7%

7.0%

7.9%

10.1%

8.1%

No report

100

100

200

100

b

 

0.3%

0.3%

0.4%

0.2%

 

a Full-time graduate students are excluded.

b Too few cases to report.

SOURCES: Calculated from Table B-32 in NSF, 1984; Table B-32 in NSF, 1986; Table B-36 in NSF, 1987; Table B-36 in NSF, 1990a; and Table B-36 in NSF 1992b.



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