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Conducted by a contractor for NSF (most recently the WESTAT), this biennial survey is sent to a sample of about 21,000 science and engineering graduates at the bachelor's and master's level during the previous two years. They are selected from lists provided by a set of selected universities and colleges. The survey is conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). A mail follow-up is made only for respondents who prefer to submit responses in writing. The response rates over the last two survey cycles have been over 85 percent.


Demographic: Sex, date and place of birth, citizenship and visa status, race/ethnicity, marital status, children under and over the age of six, and type of physical disability(ies), if any.

Educational: Field, degree received (month and year), and full or part-time college attendance in the five months preceding the survey. Graduate school status in 1993 is available by field and sex for bachelor's graduates and for 1991 and 1992 master's graduates.

Employment: Employment status, restrictions (if any) on job search, and reasons for being unemployed and not seeking. Employed in S/E or not, and, if not, reason why. Job characteristics of employed respondents include type of employer, code for type of activity, code for second job (if any), primary and secondary activities, and coded job specialty. Basic salary and period it covers, years of professional experience, self identification from degree, and employment codes. Government support for work and agency. Special questions on energy-related employment.


Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates: 1990 (NSF 90-305). Floppy disks of tables are available. Characteristics of Recent College Graduates: 1993, forthcoming.

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