TABLE B-19: Number and Percentage of 1991-1996 Doctorates that Hold Postdoctoral Positions in 1997, by Gender

 

Male

Female

 

PhD Field

Total Doctorates

Number of Postdocs

Percentage of Male Doctorates in Postdoc Positions

Total Doctorates

Number of Postdocs

Percentage of Female Doctorates in Postdoc Positions

Percentage of all Postdoc Positions Held by Females

Agricultural Sciencs

2,776

219

7.9%

966

133

13.8%

37.8%

Biological Sciences

13,923

5,579

40.1%

9,657

4,011

41.5%

41.8%

Medical Sciences

1,694

122

7.2%

4,035

219

5.4%

64.2%

Engineering

14,683

826

5.6%

2,354

205

8.7%

19.9%

Mathematics

5,327

323

6.1%

1,545

93

6.0%

22.4%

Earth and Atmos Sciences

2,454

479

19.5%

841

144

17.1%

23.1%

Astronomy and Physics

4,957

1,250

25.2%

579

138

23.8%

9.9%

Chemistry

6,453

992

15.4%

2,281

305

13.4%

23.5%

Social Sciences

6,983

312

4.5%

5,184

220

4.2%

41.4%

Psychology

6,604

651

9.9%

11,677

953

8.2%

59.4%

Total

65,854

10,753

16.3%

39,119

6,421

16.4%

37.4%

 

Male

Female

 

PhD Field

Total Doctorates

Number of Postdocs

Percentage of Male Doctorates in Postdoc Positions

Total Doctorates

Number of Postdocs

Percentage of Female Doctorates in Postdoc Positions

Percentage of all Postdoc Positions Held by Females

Life Sciences

18,393

5,920

32.2%

14,658

4,363

29.8%

42.4%

Engineering

14,683

826

5.6%

2,354

205

8.7%

19.9%

Physical, Math and Comp Sci

19,191

3,044

15.9%

5,246

680

13.0%

18.3%

Social/Behavioral Sci

13,587

963

7.1%

16,861

1,173

7.0%

54.9%

Total

65,854

10,753

16.3%

39,119

6,421

16.4%

37.4%

Source: Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 1997



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