TABLE B-18: Number of Postdoctoral Appointments in Selective Survey Years, 1981-1997

 

Academic Postdoctoral Positions

 

1981

1985

1989

1993

1997

Life Sciences

5,257

5,294

6,909

7,720

11,253

Engineering

192

187

607

919

1,671

Physics and Astronomy

716

781

1,019

1,635

1,541

Chemistry

1,258

1,235

1,562

1,806

1,621

Social and Behavioral Sciences

894

1,090

1,148

588

2,069

 

Industrial Postdoctoral Positions

 

1981

1985

1989

1993

1997

Life Sciences

100

193

217

404

655

Engineering

NA

NA

169

198

140

Physics and Astronomy

55

115

57

79

54

Chemistry

NA

70

NA

240

307

Social and Behavioral Sciences

NA

80

NA

50

465

 

Governmental Postdoctoral Positions

 

1981

1985

1989

1993

1997

Life Sciences

332

502

583

1,524

1,594

Engineering

NA

144

NA

144

384

Physics and Astronomy

62

NA

82

150

468

Chemistry

26

59

82

173

217

Social and Behavioral Sciences

88

NA

NA

181

313

Source: 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, and 1997 Survey of Doctorate Recipients

Note: NA = insufficient data to provide reliable information.



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