Recent reports on Earth and space science doctorates



Two newly published surveys of recent doctoral degree recipients, the Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards, 2001 (National Science Foundation, 2002) and the Earth and Space Science Ph.Ds, Class of 2001 (AGU/AGI, 2002), reveal a generally healthy status for the production of and job market for Earth and space sciences Ph.Ds. The NSF report, which is based on the detailed statistical data obtained in the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (NSF; 2001), highlights these key findings:

The total number of science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded by U.S. universities has dropped 7%from a high point in 1998, to 25,500 degrees in 2001. Of these, doctorates in the physical sciences dropped from 3,825 in 1998 to 3,389 in 2001, after experiencing modest increases between 1992 and 1998.