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Monday, December 16, 2013

Ph.D. Recipients From U.S. Universities: 2012

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2012:

Ph.D. Number Male/Female Job/Post-Doc Mean Debt Debt-Free
Life Sciences 12,045 44%/56% 62% $18,334 53%
Physical Sciences 8,952 71%/29% 68% $12,177 64%
Engineering 8,427 78%/22% 64% $11,183 66%
Social Sciences 8,353 42%/58% 70% $33,346 39%
Humanities 5,503 48%/52% 58% $29,281 39%
Education 4,802 31%/69% 69% $31,848 43%

Life sciences includes biological and biomedical sciences, and health sciences.
Physical sciences includes mathematics and computer and information sciences.
Social sciences includes psychology.

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Interestingly, despite our supposed STEM crisis, STEM PhDs basically have the same placement/employment percentages as Liberal Arts PhDs, whose difficulties have been known for decades.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Dec 16, 2013 2:12:58 PM

Unemployed Northeastern, you apparently do not understand the meaning of “Ph.D.” and “liberal arts.” The Ph.D. degree is intended to produce scholars who will engage research, scholarship, and education in academia, government, or private think tanks. It is not intended to produce engineers who will build bridges or design software or techno-experts who will produce better widgets. So engineering Ph.D.s face similar difficulties in obtaining university teaching jobs as any other Ph.D. who is trying to get university or similar employment. As for liberal arts, it is a course of study that INCLUDES mathematics and science (although not engineering, business, education, accounting, or technology). In other words STEM, to the extent it includes science and math, includes liberal arts.

I do find it interesting, however, that the highest employment level--six points over engineering--goes to social science Ph.D.s.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 17, 2013 10:04:19 AM