Sunday, March 28, 2010

U.S. Survey of Earned Doctorates

If you are a statistics (in sense of data) junkie, there is plenty of fascinating info in the NSF's Survey of Earned Doctorates. Did you know for instance that only 7% of Saudis want to stay in the US after getting a PhD whereas 89% of Iranians do?

Total numbers of doctorates in the US continue to grow - mainly in the sciences and in particular life sciences and engineering. There is moderate growth in economics and strong growth in business doctorates. Humanities and social science areas such as English and sociology where there appears to be an oversupply of graduates show stagnation and decline as you'd expect to see.

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