As an example of the demographic changes, the percentage of doctoral natural science graduates who are male U.S. citizens dropped from 53% of the 1985 class to 31% of the 2005 class. Female U.S. citizens moved up from 20% to 25%, and doctoral graduates that are either not U.S. citizens or are of unknown citizenship rose from 27% to 44%. Although the number of new Ph.D. graduates in the natural sciences increased from 10,200 in 1985 to 15,900 in 2005, a gain of 5,700, the number of graduates who are male U.S. citizens fell by 400. The number who are female U.S. citizens rose by 1,900, and the number not identified as U.S. citizens rose by 4,200.
by Michael Heylin |
March 10, 2008