TABLE E-1Characteristics of Doctorates in the Biomedical Sciences, 1973–2003

19701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986
Total Doctorates2,8823,1323,1163,1353,0133,0853,1503,0503,1183,2123,3963,3563,4443,3383,3993,3133,369
Males2,4202,5722,5302,4742,3402,3472,4242,3512,3112,3512,4402,3832,4172,2242,3152,1922,197
Females4625605866616737387266998078619569731,0271,1141,0841,1211,172
Citizens2,3852,5912,5732,5822,3812,5562,6102,5282,6282,7382,9052,8982,9272,8542,8682,7272,751
Permanent residents160198215231209194165169147133147125114108109113118
Temporary residents312266256253283256277261259253273248294291308364343
Unknown257772691407998928488718510985114109157
Minorities2138084868078108798391948699104119
Postdoctoral training
Postdoctoral fellowship1,0081,0169651,0008631,1021,1761,2121,3131,3141,3621,3641,3851,3131,4461,4091,415
Postdoctoral research317389402435505536503528535500626616625668625634699
Postdoctoral traineeship648483463954566975100103707870686658
Other training7889148160173199202157163213225255275247238200196
Total postdoctorates1,4671,5781,5981,6411,5801,8911,9371,9662,0862,1272,3162,3052,3632,2982,3772,3092,368
Percent planning52.8%54.0%55.1%55.9%57.5%65.0%65.9%68.5%71.5%70.4%71.6%72.3%72.6%72.1%74.2%73.8%74.9%
Employment1,2461,2751,2461,2361,113968962880809877891865860851791790759
Other6370596154494225241729203137342836
Ph.D. with plans2,7762,9232,9032,9382,7472,9082,9412,8712,9193,0213,2363,1903,2543,1863,2023,1273,163
Time to degree5.92666.176.1766.176.256.336.416.56.56.6777.097.177.25
Registered time to degree5.415.425.675.755.675.595.755.755.915.916666.176.336.426.41
Age at time of degree28.922929.4229.5829.4229.2529.2529.3429.3829.4129.2529.3329.5929.8330.2530.4230.59
19871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003
Total Doctorates3,4653,7693,7933,9924,2944,4424,7944,8635,0795,3665,4595,4655,3405,5475,3975,3755,412
Males2,2142,3772,3482,4772,6552,7402,8642,8872,9553,1023,1103,1133,0743,0602,9843,0152,960
Females1,2511,3921,4451,5151,6391,7021,9301,9762,1242,2642,3492,3522,2662,4782,4032,3582,439
Citizens2,6702,8582,8502,8993,0503,0723,2643,2033,2783,2913,4513,4923,4383,6203,6233,5633,534
Permanent residents153176173183210240296641831801562533477364341315266
Temporary residents4555155708149871,0781,1659809181,1731,2331,2131,2241,3361,2021,2221,341
Unknown187220200966266985773121243241218227231275366
Minorities128123135135159162190223243246261277308315364367358
Postdoctoral training
Postdoctoral fellowship1,4701,6501,6521,7661,9002,0112,2432,2342,3582,3802,2932,3122,2232,3402,1702,2692,343
Postdoctoral research6577046798118798949409689941,0319791,027977931882884932
Postdoctoral traineeship75816576878199111107115876975148102109172
Other training217216260233294307332313346406193250476362387273311
Total postdoctorates2,4192,6512,6562,8863,1603,2933,6143,6263,8053,9323,5523,6583,7513,7813,5413,5353,758
Percent planning74.9%75.8%75.1%77.0%77.0%77.2%78.6%78.1%7.9%77.7%71.1%73.0%75.8%73.6%71.0%71.3%75.0%
Employment7768158568209029369399749631,0771,2881,2571,1521,2761,3731,3681,193
Other36322743403545404852156934383765860
Ph.D. with plans3,2313,4983,5393,7494,1024,2644,5984,6404,8165,0614,9965,0084,9465,1404,9904,9615,011
Time to degree7.337.427.427.587.57.597.677.757.837.677.927.837.597.757.837.597.59
Registered time to degree6.56.586.56.596.586.756.756.756.836.836.926.926.756.846.926.756.67
Age at time of degree30.530.8330.9231.1731.0831.1731.1731.1731.2531.253130.9230.8330.9130.8330.6730.58

From: Appendix E, Characteristics of Doctorates

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Advancing the Nation's Health Needs: NIH Research Training Programs.
National Research Council (US) Committee for Monitoring the Nation's Changing Needs for Biomedical, Behavioral, and Clinical Personnel.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2005.
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