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Employed U.S. Social and Other Scientists with
Doctoral Degrees by Employment Sector, 1997-2003


Employment Sector

Field of Study

Year

Educational Institutions

Private-For-Profit

Private Not-For-Profit

Government

Self-Employed & Other Sector

(Total Number Employed)

Economics

1997

57.7%

16.7%

5.0%

13.9%

6.7%

(20,080)


1999

59.2

17.0

3.7

11.2

8.8

(21,190)


2001

55.7

17.0

3.5

15.0

8.9

(21,690)

Political Science

1997

70.5

9.5

5.0

11.3

3.6

(15,820)


1999

69.9

9.8

4.5

10.4

5.5

(16,090)


2001

70.3

10.5

4.4

10.3

4.6

(16,910)


2003

69.1

11.4

4.9

9.9

4.8

(17,730)

Psychology

1997

39.8

21.9

10.1

11.2

17.0

(79,320)


1999

40.2

20.7

9.7

10.2

19.2

(84,300)


2001

40.1

22.0

9.7

10.1

18.1

(88,890)


2003

41.6

17.9

9.3

9.4

21.8

(91,410)

Sociology

1997

75.5

6.2

7.6

7.1

3.4

(13,230)


1999

74.1

8.0

8.0

6.7

3.1

(13,420)


2001

73.2

6.0

10.1

7.4

3.4

(13,710)


2003

74.6

6.5

8.3

6.9

3.4

(14,250)

Other Social Sciences

1997

67.5

12.3

6.3

9.1

4.8

(21,940)


1999

66.0

13.4

6.2

8.6

5.7

(23,590)


2001

66.1

14.6

5.8

9.4

3.9

(23,850)


2003

67.1

13.4

5.9

9.5

4.0

(24,410)

All Social Sciences

1997

66.9

11.8

5.9

10.6

4.9

(71,070)


1999

66.3

12.7

5.5

9.4

6.1

(74,300)


2001

65.3

12.8

5.6

10.8

5.4

(76,170)


2003

65.8

12.5

5.6

10.4

5.7

(78,450)

All Sciences

1997

51.1

27.0

5.6

10.7

5.7

(429,820)


1999

50.1

28.4

5.4

9.8

6.4

(457,470)


2001

49.5

29.0

5.4

9.9

6.1

(475,300)


2003

50.4

26.9

5.4

9.9

7.3

(468,570)

All Degree Fields

1997

47.6

31.8

5.1

10.3

5.2

(518,440)


1999

46.2

33.6

5.0

 9.4

5.8

(553,360)


2001

45.8

34.3

4.9

 9.5

5.5

(574,890)


2003

47.1

31.6

5.0

 9.6

6.7

(593,300)

Note: 

These data are based on a sample of individuals with doctoral degrees in the sciences or who are employed in the sciences and are under age 75.


Summary:

Over the five year period from 1997 to 2001, a greater proportion of sociologists with PhDs are employed in educational settings than any other science or social science presented above. Sociologists are also less likely to work in non-academic sectors, especially in the private-for-profit and government sectors. As of 2001, the proportion of sociologists employed in private-not-for-profit organizations increased by 2.5 percent compared to 1997.


Source: 

ASA tabulation derived from: National Science Foundation, Division of Resources Studies, Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 1997, NSF 00-308, Project Officer, Kelly H. Knag (Arlington, VA, 1999, Tables 11, 13 and 17) and Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States: 2003, NSF 06-320, Project Officer, John Tsapogas (Arlington, VA 2006, Table 13).


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